Second stage of Sizewell C consultation begins

The second stage of EDF’s public consultation into the proposed Sizewell C nuclear plant in Suffolk has begun today.

The company is aiming to meet with more than 4,000 local residents at 23 exhibitions and over 100 events between now and 3 February 2017.

EDF has made several alterations to its proposals based on feedback from the first stage of the consultation, which took place between from November 2012 to February 2013.

They include: changes to the main development site including options to cross a Site of Special Scientific Interest adjacent to the existing power plant; a reduction in the number of workers housed in temporary accommodation from 3,000 to 2,400; and options to ship in construction materials by sea via either a beach landing facility or a temporary jetty.

Project development manager Jim Crawford 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 one.

“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.”

The plant will feature two of the European Pressurized Reactors (EPR) which are also set be used at Hinkley Point C. The plant in Somerset got the final go-ahead from the government in September.