The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have given climate change minister Greg Barker responsibility for planning decisions, meaning that he will decide on EDF’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power station application.
The decision is expected to be due by 19 March . The Planning Expectorate examined it last year and a recommendation was submitted to the department last month.
Two windfarms are to be determined before the decision on Hinkley Point C, an onshore proposal near Swansea and an extension to the offshore Kentish Flats scheme.
The news that Barker has been delegated what are technically decisions for energy secretary Ed Davey was revealed by Giles Scott, head of national infrastructure consents at Decc, at a London conference on Tuesday.
He reported that Decc had nearly cleared its backlog of energy schemes considered under the old Section 36 consents regime. Nine remain: two combined cycle gas turbine plants, a waste-to-energy scheme and a clutch of windfarms in mid-Wales. The latter is the subject of a linked public inquiry scheduled for later this year.