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TASC Help and Guidance to the DCO Planning Process
PLEASE REGISTER AS AN ‘INTERESTED PARTY’ WITH THE NATIONAL PLANNING INSPECTORATE:
YOUR RESPONSE TO EDF’s PLANNING APPLICATION MUST BE REGISTERED BY THE 30th SEPTEMBER AT https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/the-sizewell-c-project/?ipcsection=relreps
YOUR RESPONSE SHOULD BE NO MORE THAN 500 WORDS AND YOU ONLY NEED TO NOTE THE ISSUES THAT CONCERN YOU AND A FEW ASSOCIATED BULLET POINTS. HERE IS A GUIDE, BUT PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU SHOULD WRITE YOUR CONCERNS FROM YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL PERSPECTIVE AS PERSONAL TESTIMONIES CARRY MORE WEIGHT:
MAKE SURE YOU COPY YOUR INTERESTED PARTY REGISTRATION TO:
THERESE COFFEY MP AT: firstname.lastname@example.org (include your name and address if you are a constituent of Suffolk Coastal)
Matthew Hicks, Leader of Suffolk County Council email@example.com
Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council firstname.lastname@example.org
It will also help to send your response to the Communities Secretary RobertJenrick email@example.com
And don’t forget to send a copy to your local and County Councillors, you can find them below.
Please share with TASC …. we would love to see your response firstname.lastname@example.org
SUGGESTED WORDING FOR RELEVANT REPRESENTATIONS
I wish to register the following concerns about the proposed Sizewell C development:
I am opposed to the proposed development on the following grounds:
The site identified for Sizewell C is too small for the size of the development.
It is surrounded by designated sites of international and national ecological importance and sites of landscape, cultural heritage and amenity value which will all be adversely impacted.
It will require the acquisition and destruction of areas which are inside the area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).
Climate change forecasts by the Environment Agency predict that Sizewell will be an island in a century: it will still, by then, be storing lethal spent nuclear fuel as well as operational and decommissioned nuclear reactors.
Insufficient protection afforded by hard sea defences; risk of flooding.
Increased traffic – up to 1140 HGV’s per day, 700 buses and 10,000 cars/vans per day for the entire construction period of between nine and 12 years – will bring misery to thousands. Cars and vans servicing the site will seek out rat runs to avoid traffic gridlock on the A12, accident rates will increase. Unacceptable impacts on local communities – severance, traffic, significant increases in noise, light, air, dust pollution and disruption.
One third of tourists to the area will decline to visit, severely harming the thriving trade on which the area largely depends. An estimated £40m a year in lost revenues is predicted.
The influx of an estimated 6,000 workers will mean a reduction in quality of life, more social unrest and disturbance as well as pressure on local services such as the NHS and emergency services.
The siting of worker campuses will disturb existing residents and the shifts at Sizewell will mean site traffic peaking in the morning and evening.
Footpaths which are familiar to and well used by local residents will be closed.
Coronation Wood will be felled.
The massive increase in HGV movements, light van deliveries and workers’ car journeys will change the traffic profile in East Suffolk detrimentally for a decade at least.
It will require five new roundabouts on the A12.
Traffic will be gridlocked while the new road layout is under construction and possibly for longer periods due to the huge increase in HGV’s.
Relief roads will divide communities and farms.
Insufficient use of rail and sea transport.
The carbon reduction benefits of Sizewell C are limited, despite EdF’s claims. It will take at least 6 years before the carbon debt created by the construction of the plant to be off-set, i.e. not until 2040 if the plant is completed by 2034.
Sizewell C’s daily fresh water demands will require up to 3 million litres during construction and up to 2 million litres during operation, in an area which is the most water-scarce in the country
Spoil heaps, over 30mtr high, will blight the countryside and be difficult to manage from dust and run offs.
RSPB Minsmere will be put under intolerable pressure. This prized national asset for birds and wildlife will be compromised.
Water abstraction and drainage may affect groundwater levels and represent a risk to the wider environment.
The sea water intake system will have a devastating effect on fish stocks, sucking in tonnes of marine life daily and discharging them in the outfall.
Coastal erosion/accretion processes unpredictable but siting the development on an eroding coastline, further east of existing building lines, is plainly dangerous and irresponsible.
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the EDF public consultations as well as the document review period and should not have been allowed to proceed during times of restricted access, meeting and transport.
EdF’s documents have consistently been of poor quality and difficult to view, with maps too small and with descriptions almost unreadable.
The application and examination process is totally unsuitable to being digitally examined.