TASC Astonished at East Suffolk Council Planning Officers’ Recommendation to Approve EDF’s Plans to Commence Premature Building Work for Sizewell C despite Widespread Objections

 

Having read the recent Planning Officers’ report from East Suffolk Council for the EDF Sizewell B relocation of facilities planning application, which is to be considered at the ESC Strategic Planning meeting on 9th September, Together Against Sizewell C (TASC) are very disappointed at the Planning Officers’ recommendation to approve. TASC’s press officer Chris Wilson said, “TASC are particularly disappointed at the lack of concern shown for the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sizewell Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest which so many objectors have cited as being in need of protection. We know Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council, Aldeburgh Town Council, Theberton and Eastbridge and Middleton Parish Councils, the AONB team, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and Suffolk Preservation Society all requested refusal of this application that EDF have submitted in preparation for building Sizewell C’s twin nuclear reactors on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast. Indeed not one single person has expressed support. EDF could not have written a more biased report themselves.

The application should not be considered as a standalone project but only as a part of a development consent application for Sizewell C.”

TASC’s Secretary, Joan Girling, said, ”What is truly astonishing is that just a few days ago East Suffolk Council declared a Climate Emergency. Yet their Planning Department then recommend approval of a plan involving destroying the 100 year old Coronation Wood, badger setts and a part of the unique Sizewell Belts SSSI. One wonders if the officers of different departments talk to one another. The only hope now is if the elected members take notice of the large numbers of well-considered objections from members of the public, local town and parish councils and leading conservation organisations against this proposed wilful destruction of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, all for the benefit of EDF who neither have planning, regulatory and licencing consent for Sizewell C nor the funds available or a finance package in place to build it.”

For more information contact: Joan Girling Secretary 01728 830965 or Chris Wilson Press Officer 07976 820524 or Pete Wilkinson Chairman 07940 524831

Together Against Sizewell C Wood Farm, Westward Ho, Leiston, Suffolk IP16 4HT