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EDF's Aldhurst Farm habitat creation proposals: Application no. DC/14/4224/FUL

Deadline  6 Feb 2015
 
Please can you help.  You may know that EDF Energy have put in an application for this habitat creation.  They, along with the Local Authorites, are trying to make out that it is a stand-alone application, with nothing to do with Sizewell C, when in fact it is to be offered as compensation for loss of Sizewell Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest if Sizewell C is given the go-ahead.  It is crucial for EDFE to get permission to build the twin reactors on the Marshes, because there is no other available space.  They are therefore cunningly trying to push this replacement habitat through in advance of the Sizewell C application.
 
We believe this to be illegal under European Habitat Regs.  The Aldhurst Farm project is clearly a part of the overall Sizewell C plans and therefore all the relevant European habitats and their species need to be assessed and accounted for.  For example, we know for a fact that rare protected birds (Bittern, Marsh Harrier) and bats (Barbastelle) regularly use the Sizewell Marshes for feeding.  Bats in particular forage widely and use the Farm site as well, even though currently arable land.  The overall Habitats Regulations Assessment for Sizewell C needs about another two years for proper completion.
 
It would be extremely helpful if you could please write in response to this application.  The person to address it to is Lisa Chandler at SCDC planning office.  Say at the outset that you object.  If you go on to the site, you will see that it says the consultation is closed, but we have been told (and a local resident has it in writing) that the deadline is 6 Feb.  Say that you understand that your response will still be accepted.

Lisa Chandler’s (SCDC Planning Officer)  email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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