The UK’s Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) will consider five large wind farms, two nuclear power plants, two national grid connection projects and one biomass power station for fast-track planning.
The first project to be considered for fast-track planning is French company EDF’s application for two new nuclear power plants at Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C.
IPC will make a decision on applications based on the pertinent National Policy Statement that is currently in place. The advisory body will then make recommendations to the secretary of state for applications that do not have a relevant statement in place.
IPC was established earlier this month to consider planning applications for projects of national importance including power plants and roads.
IPC will begin accepting applications from 1 March 2010.