The Sizewell C Project
Dear Sir/Madam, I appreciate that you have no legal ability to control the timing of a DCO application, but I wish to register my concern that EDF/CGN are due to submit the DCO application for Sizewell C during this time of national emergency when residents, businesses, parish/town councils, district councils, the county council, statutory authorities, NGOs, indeed the entire country are under severe strain in dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. There is enough stress and anxiety in place in society due to fears of the impact of covid 19 on the health and well-being of individuals and on their loved ones, without the additional anxiety that the Sizewell C DCO will inflict on thousands. EDF have claimed on many occasions that they are "good neighbours". Nothing could be further from the truth. The comprehensive omission of information and the lack of serious consultation throughout the four stage pre application consultation is well recognised and has been referred to by many, including the Environment Agency, Natural England, RSPB, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Suffolk Preservation Society, Together Against Sizewell C, Suffolk Coast Friends of the Earth, Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Suffolk County Council. 54 parish and town councils, who together represent more than 50,000 residents, have called on EDF to postpone Sizewell C's DCO application. However, EDF's total disregard for the mental and physical health of the people and businesses of Suffolk is demonstrated by their stated intention of submitting the DCO application imminently. Should the Applicant submit the DCO application before all the coronavirus restrictions are lifted, I urge you, and the local authorities (to whom this is copied), to do all in your power to reject such a callous action and for you to refuse to accept said application. Yours sincerely, Mr Chris Wilson
Dear Mr Wilson Thank you for your email expressing concerns about the adequacy of the Applicants consultation and consultation material, your email and this response will be published on the project page of the National Infrastructure Planning website shortly. We note that you have sent your letter to the local authorities. 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 All parties are encouraged to sign up for Email Updates using the button on the project page or via the link below: attachment 4;email= Email Updates will enable parties to observe what’s happening on the application after it has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. (Please note: email updates are occasionally recognised as “spam” mail so if you do sign up to receive updates, you should check you “spam” folders regularly). Should the application be accepted for Examination, it is important to note that if parties then wish to participate in the Examination they would need to register as an Interested Party at the appropriate time during the Pre-examination stage. If parties have signed up for the Email Updates they will receive a prompt when the registration period opens (the Relevant Representation period). 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 5 The Planning Inspectorate is mindful of the need to ensure both openness and fairness throughout all stages of the DCO process and will continue to highlight this in discussions with the Applicant. The Applicant has indicated that the Relevant Representation period would be extended beyond the statutory 30 days minimum to allow everyone more time to read the documents through the summer months and submit their views during the Pre-examination period. Once the six month Examination period starts registered Interested Parties can then submit further Written Representations to expand on those views. Finally, with regard to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please refer to the Planning Inspectorate’s published guidance which will be updated as the situation develops. attachment 6 I hope you find the above information helpful.