Campaigners have voiced their frustration at major changes to the Sizewell C plans which have been submitted just days after more than 1,200 respondents gave their views on the project. EDF Energy has submitted 14 changes to the plans for the £20billion twin reactor nuclear power station – and a 30-day public consultation is to take place next month. The main changes involve making more use of rail and sea to deliver construction materials for the massive project, with an increase in trains and alterations to the proposed beach landing facility. It was only a few days ago that the opportunity to comment on the project closed and the Planning Inspectorate is still verifying each of the 1,287 submissions from people, businesses, councils and agencies. Campaign groups say they are horrified that people are likely now to be asked all over again to submit comments on EDF’s revised proposals. Stop Sizewell C said it could not believe EDF had only just realised after years of consultation that Suffolk people didn’t want a road-led transport strategy for delivery of construction materials that would put 1,000 HGVs on the roads.
East Anglian Daily Times 17th Oct 2020 read more »
This morning the East Anglian Daily Times published a story about EDF wanting to change its Sizewell C proposals, and plans to hold a new 30-day consultation. This has generated much confusion and outrage – but having spoken to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) we have a little more information about what this means. The proposals are not yet published. It looks like a 30-day consultation could be held from 16 November until 15 December during which we would be expected to send feedback to EDF. EDF would finalise its changes and formally submit them to the Examining Authority, which would then decide whether to accept these revised proposals for examination. Whether new Relevant Representations would have to be made, or whether the Examining Authority would decide the examination timetable based on the ones already sent, is not totally clear to us. The examination would almost certainly be delayed. We are appalled by EDF’s cavalier treatment of people. Since it is not credible that EDF has only just come up with these changes since 30 September (when Councils and MPs expressed such strong concerns), EDF should have told us before 30 September that changes were coming, paused the process in order to conduct their consultations, and then restarted it, so that everyone could make their Relevant Representations based on up to date information.
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