A Suffolk MP has joined growing concern that EDF Energy will submit its planning application for the Sizewell C nuclear power station during the coronavirus crisis. Already 54 town and parish councils, along with campaign groups, have voiced their frustration at the possibility – amid concerns that it would be “intolerable and unfair” to add extra anxiety to people at this time. Now Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP, Dr Dan Poulter has written to Government ministers saying the Covid-19 restrictions would inhibit full and proper consideration of the application and it would “not be appriopriate” yet. EDF has already delayed its submission of a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the £14billion twin reactor for a month but there are worries it could submit the documents in May. Dr Poulter has been contacted by a large number of residents who have a number of concerns in regards to the DCO. He is concerned there would be pressure on council officers dealing with Covid-19 to respond to issues and questions raised by the submission and opportunities for public consultation curtailed as public meetings are not permitted.
East Anglian Daily Times 27th April 2020 read more »