The Sizewell C Project

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The Sizewell C Project

Received 24 September 2020
From Levington and Stratton Hall Parish Council

Representation

The Parish Council has participated in all four stages of public consultation over eight years. This application concentrates on the site for the proposed Freight Management Facility [FMF] in the context of the overall Freight Management Strategy options [6.1 Environmental Statement – plate 3.3 page 12]. This releases 325 one-way HGV movements on a typical day [13.5 deliveries per hour = 1 every 4 minutes] and 500 on the busiest days [21 deliveries per hour = 1 every 3 minutes] over 24 hours. This will have a significantly detrimental impact on the local roads and the environment around the FMF. It is regrettable that SCDC did not support a web-based Delivery Management System [Volume 9 – 6.9 – Chapter 3 – 3.2.5 and 3.2.6 refers]. The Parish Council supports more emphasis being placed on the rail led option for the delivery of goods to the construction site. FREIGHT MANAGEMENT FACILITY 1. Book 6.9 Volume 8 – Local Environment Proposals to mitigate the harmful impact of this site set within the countryside and on a flat topography comprise a 3m high landscape bund [only to the west and partially to the east of the site], a 10m buffer zone and native trees/shrub planting [it is noted that a 1.8m security fence will encircle the site]. This is insufficient mitigation not to cause a nuisance: • Visual – as almost all the HGVs and buildings will be above the height of the bund there will be a visual impact. • Light – the lighting lanterns being 8m high at 4m spacing will clearly tower above the bund. Further mitigation is given to the use of a Central Management System, but it is difficult to assess effectiveness. Further mitigation relies on partial blockage by existing trees [mainly to the south] but this will be ineffective after leaf fall. • Noise and Vibration –background noise is mentioned but this is low level and constant. HGVs stopping and starting, cab doors banging, will be jarring. • Air Quality – Particular concern for nearby residents, along with other pollutants [above]. • When will planting take place and how long will it be before it matures to be an effective screen? 2. Book 8 [8.5] Traffic Assessment • Junction with A1156 [Section 9.30 – pages 472 to 478] – Junction 41 is described as “a simple priority T-junction” which is the problem. It will become dangerous with slow HGVs crossing the sweeping bend of a 60mph A-road. There is a ‘ghost island’ providing negligible protection for right turning vehicles. • Traffic from Port of Felixstowe using A14 Junction – on the busiest day, 75 journeys will originate form here. The junction to the Felixstowe Road is inadequate and positioned on a fast stretch of the A14. There is also concern about pollution and disturbance to residents living alongside this road. 3. 6.9 Volume 8 – Chapter 2 – 2.6.3 Return to Original Use including Felixstowe Road The intention to return the site to agricultural use AND reinstating the Felixstowe Road should be a legally binding commitment so avoiding a predatory planning authority or developers industrialising the countryside.