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National policy statements

The Government approved the National Policy Statements (NPS) for Energy un-amended on 18 July 2011, and following this, on 19th July 2011, the NPS were designated by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change under the Planning Act 2008.

The response submitted to Government by South Gloucestershire Council in January 2011 can be found in the Downloads section of this page.

The NPS are as follows:

  • EN-1 Overarching Energy NPS
  • EN-2 Fossil Fuel Electricity Generating Infrastructure
  • EN-3 Renewable Energy Infrastructure
  • EN-4 Gas Supply Infrastructure & Gas and Oil Pipelines
  • EN-5 Electricity Networks Infrastructure
  • EN-6 Nuclear Power Generation Volumes 1 and 2

The Ports NPS was designated on 26 January 2012.

Further information on the National Policy Statements for Energy and also on the planning process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects including new power stations and energy infrastructure may be found at

The Energy NPS set out national policy against which proposals for major energy related proposals will be assessed by the Planning Inspectorate and decided by the Secretary of State. Other National Infrastructure Projects will be assessed against the relevant National Policy Statements.

Of particular relevance to us, EN-6 has confirmed the Government’s listing of the site adjacent to the existing Oldbury Nuclear Power Station as a potential site for a new build nuclear power station. In addition EN-1 is of relevance to all nationally significant energy projects, while EN-2 relates to fossil fuel power stations and EN-5 to proposed power lines.


Update April 2018

The original National Policy Statement EN-6 envisaged new nuclear power stations being deployed by 2025. To date Hinkley has development consent, while other sites have a range of delivery dates that are anticipated to be mainly during or after 2025. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has therefore begun the process of designating a new standalone National Policy Statement for new nuclear power stations that are expected to start generating electricity between 2025 and 2035. Subject to the outcome of the current consultation, government proposes to carry forward the new nuclear power station sites nominated in EN-6, and this includes Oldbury. Horizon Nuclear Power has confirmed their support for the re-nomination of Oldbury as a site for a new nuclear power station.

Further information on the process and timetable for designating a new National Policy Statement for new nuclear above 1GW post 2025 may be found on the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy web site:

South Gloucestershire’s response to the BEIS first stage consultation was approved by decision of the Cabinet Member for Planning, Transport and Strategic Environment.  It may be found here


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