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Nuclear power station expansion at Sizewell

EDF Energy's Sizewell C Stage 1 Consultation has now ended - you can view the joint response to the consultation produced by Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council below:

You can also view the report commissioned to review the traffic impacts of EDF's Sizewell C proposals on the A12 Woodbridge to Lowestoft route through the villages of Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham, which backs up the Councils' case for the Four Villages Bypass:

Sizewell A & B power stationsIn November 2009 the Government announced that it thought Sizewell would be a suitable site for its nuclear expansion programme.

Suffolk Coastal has made it clear that it feels that there should be a genuine local say in whether another nuclear power station is built at Sizewell and that there should be a clear commitment to ensuring that if any such development is given the go-ahead that there will be a positive lasting legacy.

In February 2010 the Council gave its formal responses to the Government's consultation on its draft National Policy Statements for Energy Infrastructure:

In July 2011 the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change approved the National Policy Statements for Energy Infrastructure (new window) and as a result they are now designated under the Planning Act 2008.

Councils prepare for new Sizewell plans

In October 2010 Suffolk Coastal's Sizewell Task Group met for the first time, on the same day that the Government confirmed that Sizewell would be a suitable site for the building of a new nuclear power station.

This initiative taken by the Council is to ensure that it is ready to represent the interests of local communities if and when plans for the development are submitted.

In January 2011 Suffolk Coastal and Suffolk County Council established a Sizewell C project office based at Suffolk Coastal's offices. As head of the project office the project manager will will concentrate on assessing the potential impacts of the development and using whatever legal and technical advice is necessary to ensure that the two councils can attempt to address any adverse impacts of the proposals.

Councillors and officers have already met with Government officials, and there has been regular contact with councils in the west country affected by proposals for a third power station at Hinkley Point to share knowledge and best practice.

Sizewell C Joint Local Authority Group (JLAG)

In January 2012 the Sizewell C Joint Local Authority Group (JLAG) was established in order to facilitate a joint local authority approach to the challenges and opportunities that will result from the construction and operation of the proposed new nuclear power station. The group consists of cabinet and locality members from both Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council, local MPs have also been invited to attend as observers.

Planning Performance Agreement - Sizewell Nuclear New Build

This is an agreement that EDF Energy will underwrite additional costs incurred by Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council in evaluating, challenging or commenting upon any proposals for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell.

Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC)

On 8 November 2012 EDF Energy published its final Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) outlining how it intends to consult about its Sizewell C plans:

Sizewell C key milestones

There are 4 key milestones in the planning phase of the proposed new power station:

  • Stage 1 Consultation
    Suite of documents produced by EDF Energy setting out the background and context to the development - consultation started on 21 November and ran until 6 February 2013.
  • Stage 2 Consultation
    Will provide greater detail on all aspects of the development and it is anticipated that this will take place during 2014.
  • Submission of Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Secretary of State
    The DCO will be developed following the refinement of proposals resulting from the public consultation stages. The Planning Inspectorate may take up to 1 year to assess the application.
  • Decision by the Secretary of State
    Following its assessment the Planning Inspectorate will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will make their final decision within three months of receiving this recommendation.