The Sizewell C Project

Enquiry received via email

The Sizewell C Project

18 October 2019
Marlesford Parish Council - Richard Cooper

Enquiry

Dear Sir or Madam, Please find attached the response sent today on behalf of Marlesford Parish Council to EDF Energy, replying to their Stage 4 consultation on their proposals for Sizewell C. Can I draw your attention to the penultimate paragraph of our Conclusion on page 17 of our Stage 4 response in which we say, “A theme running through this response is our inability to comment constructively on many of EDF’s proposals because they have not supplied the detail that we and other consultees have asked for, neither have they engaged with local communities in any meaningful way. We want to put on record our dissatisfaction with the consultation process and we will ensure that this is made known to the Inspector when he or she is appointed”. Our own views about a lack of detail in the consultation documents and the unwillingness of EDF to engage over legitimate concerns is echoed by many consultees both statutory and non-statutory and we are fearful that the detail we have been requesting for months will only emerge at the DCO stage, by which time we will have entered a tightly scheduled timetable. Particularly for parishes, who by and large have limited resources, this will pose a massive challenge and we do not think that the consultation process will be well served by consultees having to face a welter of technical information from EDF which will have to be digested and commented upon in a short space of time. If EDF are serious about their intention to submit their DCO application in Q1 2020, we believe that they will by now have much of the technical information required to respond in detail to all the issues raised, particularly at Stage 3 and 4 consultation. We would ask PINS to put pressure on EDF to more fully address consultees concerns before they embark on the DCO process, even if this has to result in EDF having to put back their own timetable. Kind Regards, Richard Cooper (On behalf of Marlesford Parish Council)

Advice given

Dear Richard, Planning Act 2008 (as amended) Proposed application by NNB Nuclear Generation (SZC) Limited (EDF Energy2) for an Order Granting Development Consent for a new nuclear power station development at Sizewell in Suffolk (Sizewell C) I am writing regarding your correspondence sent to the Planning Inspectorate (the Inspectorate) dated 26 September 2019 in relation to the above proposals. If 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 ([email protected]). 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 authority can consider them 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. Further information about Community Consultation can be found here: attachment 1 The Planning Inspectorate has published a series of Advice Notes about the Planning Act 2008 process. ‘Advice Note Eight: Overview of the nationally significant infrastructure planning process for members of the public and others’ can be found here:https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/legislation-and-advice/advice-notes/ I hope you find this information to be helpful. Yours sincerely, Liam Liam Fedden Case Officer Sizewell C Case Team


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