Celebrities and business leaders have joined forces to try to block plans for a new nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast. Bill Nighy and David Morrissey, the actors, Maggi Hambling, the painter, and Jon Hunt, the billionaire founder of Foxtons estate agents, say that the site for the proposed twin nuclear reactors at Sizewell is “totally unsuitable” because it is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, will damage a nature reserve and is on an unstable coast vulnerable to sea level rise. They are among 60 prominent people who live in the area or have connections to it who are calling on the government to step in to delay consideration of the proposal until the coronavirus restrictions are lifted. EDF, the French state-controlled company planning to build the reactors with Chinese partner CGN, is preparing to submit a planning application within weeks and wants to start construction in 2022. In a letter to The Times, the group of 60 opponents says that the planning process would be compromised because the current crisis means officials and residents would be unable to scrutinise it properly.
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Letter from 60 celebs: Sir, We expect EDF to apply for consent to build twin nuclear reactors at Sizewell C — to which we are strongly opposed — any day. This will be despite our writing to Alok Sharma, the business secretary, asking him to instruct EDF to delay until all coronavirus restrictions are lifted and the time and resources are available to focus on an application the scale of Sizewell C. We are concerned that the robustness of the planning process would be compromised given the constraints that everyone is under. The site is totally unsuitable: too small, within protected landscapes, adjacent to RSPB Minsmere and on an unstable coastline. Suffolk lacks transport infrastructure and a significant local workforce with the relevant skills for this scheme. Big nuclear plants remain very expensive compared with the rapidly falling prices of renewable energy. Given EDF’s poor construction record, including at Hinkley Point, it will be impossible to predict accurately how much Sizewell C will cost and how long it will take to build. We believe that any investment in Sizewell C will suck valuable financial resources from better technologies to address climate change, and therefore we cannot support it. “If Sizewell C is allowed to go ahead, we will be left with an outdated form of energy that will not fit to any degree in our new world, and this internationally famous environment will be desecrated. This is a time to protect our ecosystems, not shatter them.”
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Full letter as sent to Alok Sharma.
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Advert in today’s East Anglian Daily Times. Tell EDF to Stay at Home! Write and tell them not to submit an application for Sizewell C during coronavirus restrictions – which government advisers say could last most of the year. EDF will likely make the submission in early May. Tell them not to proceed until all social distancing restrictions are lifted and everyone is free to fully engage. Without this, the planning process would be severely compromised.
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Opponents campaigning against a new nuclear reactor at Sizewell have written to the government urging EDF to halt its plans until the coronavirus lockdown has passed. Councillors from the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent group at Suffolk County Council wrote to business secretary Alok Sharma over fears EDF will submit a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Sizewell C project in May. But EDF said the lengthy application process means it could be six months before the plans can be debated in public, at which point social distancing may have eased. EDF was originally due to submit a DCO at the end of March, but the move was put back several weeks. The energy firm is required to submit the order due to the scale and impact of the proposed £14billion third reactor at Sizewell, on the Suffolk coast. A submission of the documents would trigger a period of formal debate.
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