The Sizewell C Project

Enquiry received via email

The Sizewell C Project

06 April 2020
Emma Dowley

Enquiry

Dear Planning Inspectorate, BEIS ministers and EDF, I am writing to request you do not to accept EDF’s application to construct two new nuclear reactors at Sizewell. After 4 rounds of public consultations, EDF has still not provided enough information or adequately consulted interested parties. In particular, I would like to express the following reasons for this request: • Various statutory consultees, including Natural England, The Environment Agency and Marine Management Organisation, have serious reservations about the proposed application for a DCO for two reactors at Sizewell. They have noted defects in the work done so far by EDF, such as the failure by EDF to supply sufficient detail on important environmental aspects of the project, with the required documentation delivered late or not at all. • The Environment Agency’s report on the project is littered with various shortcomings in the consultation process. Most frightening, in light of the Fukushima disaster, is EDF’s casual attitude to safety aspects of the proposed development at Sizewell, but there has also been a woeful disregard for the potential threat to the neighbouring RSPB Nature Reserve at Minsmere and other protected sites in the area, as well as the impact on a fragile coastline. • EDF has failed to satisfactorily answer major questions about how the massive amounts of building material that will be needed for the project will be delivered to Sizewell now that EDF has abandoned plans for a jetty out to sea. EDF has not demonstrated that they plan to make significant use of rail or produced a satisfactory plan for a suitable access road that meets with local consensus. Indeed Suffolk Council has specifically contradicted EDF's claim to have chosen the best road route for a link road to the site from the A12. • EDF’s consultation process has failed to recognise the damage that will be done to the local economy, dependant as it currently is on tourism, which has been built up over several decades and replaced the jobs lost over time from agriculture. The loss of tourism revenue is in addition to other major damage likely to be suffered by the local community and environment such as clogged local roads, huge amounts of HGVs belching exhaust fumes, noise and light pollution etc. No study has been provided despite being promised “at a later stage of consultation”. • EDF has recently suggested that they will need a larger workforce at Hinkley Point than had been planned for when that project was proposed and likewise more are likely to be needed at Sizewell than EDF say they require at present. EDF’s communications about worker numbers at Sizewell have been very misleading and it seems they only plan to house a relatively small number of workers close to the site, meaning that many will need to travel to work on unsuitable local roads. • At Stage 4 consultations the two villages most adversely affected by the Sizewell link road, a major part of this consultation, were not visited with EDF’s touring exhibition. • There seems to be no sensible answer as to how the Sizewell project will be financed, without which the project cannot even get off the ground. Yours sincerely, Emma Dowley

Advice given

Dear Ms Dowley, Thank you for your email outlining concerns about the Applicants Pre-application consultation. We note that you have sent your letter to the Applicant and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. As you have concerns about the Applicant’s pre-application consultation you should contact the Applicant in the first instance to enable them to address the issues. If you are not satisfied that the Applicant has, or will, take account of your comments you can make your comments to the relevant local authority. The local authorities can consider your comments as part of their Adequacy of Consultation Representation submission to the Planning Inspectorate (on behalf of the Secretary of State) at the Application Stage of the process. The Planning Inspectorate will consider any adequacy of consultation representations received from the relevant local authorities when deciding whether or not to accept the application, as required under section 55(4)(b) of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended). It is therefore important to ensure the local authorities are informed of your concerns. Further information about Community Consultation can be found here: attachment 1 As you are aware the proposed application by EDF Energy is at the Pre-application stage of the Planning Act 2008 process. The Planning Inspectorate is unable to consider representations about the merits of any application until it is accepted for Examination. Further information about the process can be found in the link below to the National Infrastructure Planning website: attachment 2. Should the application be accepted the application and all the supporting documentation will be published on the project page of the National Infrastructure Planning website: attachment 3. The ‘Registration and Relevant Representation form’ will be made available here during the Pre-examination stage and all parties will have an opportunity to outline their views about the project. The appointed Examining Authority will then use these to carry out an initial assessment of principal issues. Further information about registering as an Interested Party can be found in the Planning Inspectorate’s ‘Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination’: attachment 4. Kind regards, Liam


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