In Spring 2009, EDF Energy nominated an area of land adjacent to the existing power stations at Sizewell as a site for Sizewell C, a proposed power station comprising two new latest-generation nuclear reactors. In July 2011, the UK Government’s national policy statement for nuclear power generation was ratified by Parliament and confirmed that the site was potentially suitable. If approved the two planned reactors should be capable of supplying enough electricity for around five million homes.
Sizewell is located on the Suffolk coast, approximately two miles from the town of Leiston and five miles north of the town of Aldeburgh.
Consulting the public
Effective consultation with the local community is an important part of EDF Energy’s Nuclear New Build programme at Sizewell. Elected representatives and a wide range of interest groups will also take part in the process.
The consultations will follow the guidance of the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to ensure that local residents can comment on and potentially influence the proposals. EDF Energy will publish a Statement of Community Consultation (SOCC) as plans progress. This will explain how the consultation will work. Local events will enable the public to meet the EDF Energy team and ask any questions they may have about the process.
EDF Energy is committed to maintaining the quality of the natural environment around the Sizewell site. The Sizewell area supports a range of local wildlife, including large numbers of adders, grass snakes, slow worms and common lizards, as well as abundant bird life. New areas of habitat are being created as part of the new build plans. In Autumn 2009 areas of new grassland were established near Upper Abbey and Sizewell Wents, incorporating eight small wildlife ponds. Trials are being carried out on establishing new heathland habitats.
The development at Sizewell is expected to provide a range of benefits, as well as providing low-carbon, affordable electricity for millions of homes. Measures to promote community well-being, education, employment and skills will be included within the proposals for development. The project is expected to provide around 700 permanent and 200 contract jobs for more than 60 years, and could provide work for thousands of people directly and indirectly during the construction period.