The Sizewell C Project

Enquiry received via email

The Sizewell C Project

18 March 2020
Alan Collett

Enquiry

Dear Sir/Madam I write to express my dissatisfaction with the consultation process which EDF has undertaken in respect of Sizewell C&D. In view of the social and environmental sensitivity of this scheme, the consultations, exhibitions and information available have been a long way short of what I would consider acceptable. When I attended the exhibitions I found the displays lacking in detail, particularly from an environmental point of view and my questions on the impact on the local environment, wildlife and on the health risks to local residents were dismissed. I was told to wait until the Environmental Impact Assessment was published. To leave these questions unanswered until the DCO is submitted is totally unacceptable. One of the most misleading parts of the exhibition was the huge model of the completed development showing all the countryside around the power station. There was no model showing the extent of the actual development site, the Sites of Special Scientific Interest which will be lost or the impact on the beach. There was no indication of the scale and location of the workers’ accommodation blocks and as the display boards failed to show the potential visual impact, there was no way that people could get a real perception of the extent of the construction site, the environmental damage that will be caused and the resulting long-term impact. When I asked why such a model hadn’t been created, my observation was dismissed as (and I quote) ‘unnecessary'. Furthermore there was insufficient detail on the location and extent of the nuclear waste storage which the site will be subject to over its lifetime or indeed on the time which this dangerous nuclear waste will be there. The information was lacking in honesty as the truth is that no one knows what to do with the nuclear waste or what danger it presents when buried in a location which is at severe risk of flooding due to anticipated rise in sea levels in the years to come. Today environmental impacts should be at the top of every list of considerations when development schemes are being planned. EDF has been less than open, indeed I would argue that they have been negligent, in the way and in the extent of information provided with no indication of the levels of pollution which the construction process, traffic and construction materials will produce. Whilst it is (incorrectly) argued that once completed the production of electricity will be carbon free, during the long construction period considerable air and light pollution will be generated - this flies in the face of the Government’s targets for CO2 reduction and will pose a real threat to local people’s health. EDF have totally ignored these aspects during their public exhibitions. EDF’s consultation process had been misleading and insufficient and I would ask the Planning Inspectorate to dismiss the DCO application. Yours faithfully Alan Collett

Advice given

Dear Mr Collett, Thank you for your email expressing concerns about the adequacy of the Applicants Pre-application consultation and the consultation material. We note that you have sent your letter to the the local authorities. 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 have contacted the Applicant but 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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