EDF Energy has today (Weds) published the timetable for the second stage of formal public consultation for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station in Suffolk.
The public consultation will start on 23 November and close on 3 February 2017 and includes a number of exhibitions across east Suffolk. EDF Energy said it would begin this second stage consultation following a final investment decision for at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. This took place on September 29.
The first stage of public consultation for the Sizewell C project ran from November 2012 to February 2013 and we engaged with over 4,000 local people at over 100 events in Suffolk, including exhibitions, meetings and parish council presentations.
Following feedback from the Stage 1 consultation and ongoing technical and environmental studies, for Stage 2 we have developed a preferred position on some of the key elements of our proposals, whilst other parts of our plans remain as options.
There will also be a further stage of consultation, with dates to be confirmed, before EDF Energy submits its detailed proposals to the Planning Inspectorate.
Sizewell C would comprise of two UK EPR reactors which would make a major contribution to the nation’s future needs for low carbon energy, supplying enough electricity for more than 5 million homes in Britain, meeting 7% of the nation’s future needs. The power station would provide 5,600 jobs on site during the core construction period and employment for 900 people when operational.
Jim Crawford, Sizewell C project development director, said: “We have introduced this further stage of formal public consultation to give the public an opportunity to see how our plans have developed and to help us shape them further before a final stage of consultation. We understand it has been some time since we published our initial proposals for feedback, so I would like to encourage people to look through the latest plans for Sizewell C, to visit one of the exhibitions and to take the opportunity to have their say in the development of the project.”
The Sizewell C project team will be on hand to answer questions from local communities at the exhibitions. EDF Energy has also provided funding to Planning Aid England to provide bespoke, independent and free guidance and advice to local parish and town councils during the consultation.
People can share their views by:
- Completing a public questionnaire online at sizewellc.co.uk or in hardcopy to the address below
- Emailing comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Writing to FREEPOST SZC CONSULTATION (no stamp or further address required)
- Calling our FREEPHONE number 0800 197 6102 (during normal office hours)
Copies of the consultation documents are available to view during the consultation period at the Sizewell C Information Office (48-50 High Street, Leiston, IP16 4EW) which is open 9.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday; in the offices of Suffolk County, Suffolk Coastal District, Waveney District and Ipswich Borough Councils; and at the public exhibitions and events that will be held during the consultation period.
Documents will also be available in a number of local public libraries, on disc and to download by visiting the project website at www.sizewellc.co.uk
The deadline for responses to this stage of our consultation is 3 February 2017.
Thursday 24 Nov 3 – 7pm
Sizewell Visitor Centre, Sizewell B, Leiston IP16 4UR
Friday 25 Nov 2 – 8pm
Theberton & Eastbridge Jubilee Hall, School House, Church Road, Theberton IP16 4SB
Saturday 26 Nov 10 – 4pm
Leiston Community Centre, King George’s Avenue, Leiston IP16 4JX
Monday 28 Nov 11 – 3pm
Melton Ufford Park Hotel, Yarmouth Road, Melton IP12 1QW
Tuesday 29 Nov 11 – 3pm
Snape, The Concert Hall Café, Snape Maltings, Snape IP17 1SR
Tuesday 29 Nov 4 – 8pm
Westleton Village Hall, The Street, Westleton IP17 3AH
Wednesday 30 Nov 12 – 6pm
Aldeburgh Community Centre, Victoria Road, Kings Field, Aldeburgh IP15 5HY
Thursday 1 Dec 11 – 3pm
Wickham Market Village Hall, High Street, Wickham Market IP13 0HE
Friday 2 Dec 11 – 3pm
Saxmundham Market Hall, High Street, Saxmundham IP17 1AF
Saturday 3 Dec 10 – 4pm
Stratford St Andrew Riverside Centre, Great Glemham Road, Stratford St Andrew IP17 1LN
Monday 5 Dec 11 – 3pm
Rendlesham Community Centre, Walnut Tree Avenue, Rendlesham IP12 2GG
Monday 5 Dec 4 – 8pm
Lowestoft The Hotel Victoria, Kirkley Cliff Road, Lowestoft NR33 0BZ
Wednesday 7 Dec 11 – 3pm
Blythburgh Village Hall, London Road, Blythburgh IP19 9LQ
Wednesday 7 Dec 4 – 8pm
Southwold St Edmund’s Hall, Cumberland Road, Southwold IP18 6JP
Thursday 8 Dec 2 – 8pm
Darsham High Lodge, Haw Wood, Hinton, Nr Darsham IP17 3QT
Friday 9 Dec 11 – 3pm
Ipswich Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich IP1 1DH
Monday 12 Dec 11 – 3pm
Marlesford Village Hall, Church Road, Marlesford IP13 0AT
Tuesday 13 Dec 11 – 3pm
Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Road, Woodbridge IP12 4AU
Wednesday 14 Dec 11 – 3pm
Middleton Village Hall, Mill Street, Middleton IP17 3NG
Thursday 15 Dec 11 – 3pm
Halesworth, The Rifle Hall, London Road, Halesworth IP19 8LW
Monday 12 December 4 – 8pm
Campsea Ashe, Victory Hall, Ash Road, Campsea Ashe IP13 0PX
Monday 19 December 2 – 8pm
Yoxford, Village Hall, Old High Road, Yoxford IP17 3EP
EDF Energy will also be hosting an exhibition in Hacheston. This will be advertised in the local area once timing and venue is confirmed.