Sizewell C Stage 2 consultation launches today
This follows the signing of contracts for EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset on 29 September.
The public consultation period runs from today (23 November 2016) until 3 February 2017 and will include 23 public exhibitions across east Suffolk where the public can meet the Sizewell C project team and discuss the proposals.
The first stage of public consultation for the Sizewell C Project ran from November 2012 to February 2013 engaging 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.
Refined proposals include –
· some changes to the main development site for the power station including options to cross the SSSI land adjacent to the operational power station site;
· reduction in number of construction workers housed in the temporary accommodation campus, with the main development site identified as the preferred option for its siting. It is now estimated that the temporary facility would house a maximum of 2,400 workers (down from 3,000 at Stage One);
· options for bringing in materials by sea, including a Beach Landing Facility and/or a temporary jetty (of which there are two design options);
· options for dealing with vehicle movements along the A12, including an option for a two village bypass of Farnham and Stratford St Andrew following discussions with Suffolk County Council.
Jim Crawford, Sizewell C Project Development Director said: “The local community plays an important role in the development of the Sizewell C proposals. During this stage of consultation we have introduced more public exhibitions because that’s what local communities asked for during stage 1.
“There will also be a further stage of consultation before EDF Energy submits its application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate who would consider the proposals before making a recommendation to Government. Sizewell C would make a major contribution to the nation’s future energy needs and provide significant business, training and job opportunities to the region.
“We encourage local people to engage in the consultation process and help shape the future development of plans for Sizewell C.”
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 around 6 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.
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 this consultation.
People can share their views by:
. Completing a public questionnaire online at www.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.
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
Friday 16 December
Village Hall, The Street, Hacheston IP13 0DW
3 - 8pm
Monday 19 December 2 - 8pm
Yoxford, Village Hall, Old High Road, Yoxford IP17 3EP
EDF Energy in the East of England
In the East of England EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 575 staff and 250 contracting partners. EDF Energy has completed Stage One consultation for Sizewell C which would be capable of supplying power to some 5 million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational.
As well as generating enough power to serve some 2.5million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to 270,000 customers in this region with over half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence, Morrisons and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust right here in the East of England. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.