Councils set out Sizewell C demands

Published on: 21 Nov 2012.

Two Suffolk councils have set out what they expect Sizewell C’s developers to contribute to the county in return for building the power station.

Sizewell Power StationEDF Energy has today made public their planning proposal for Sizewell C and the Joint Local Authorities Group (JLAG) is keen to ensure that Suffolk residents and businesses benefit from the investment into the county whilst protecting one of the county’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The key contributions that JLAG are hoping to see from the development of Sizewell C include:

New local jobs and businesses and a lasting legacy of opportunity and growth.

The highest possible environmental building standards, as the development is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The construction of a ‘four villages bypass’, taking increased A12 traffic away from Marlesford, Little Glemham, Farnham and Stratford St Andrew.

Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member responsible for roads, transport and planning, said:

"The county council recognises that the development of Sizewell C is necessary to meet the country’s energy needs and indeed supports its construction.

However it is important that Suffolk benefit from the development, both in terms of the local economy including improvements to local transport infrastructure and the protection of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in which Sizewell C will be situated.

Today we are getting the first look at this exciting opportunity for Suffolk, and the Joint Local Authorities Group will begin a thorough examination of the planning documents and will issue a response in due course.

 

I would urge residents and businesses to take part in the consultation and have their say on these significant proposals for Suffolk."

Councillor Andy Smith, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for planning said:

"The Government has decided that in principle Sizewell is a suitable site for the development of new nuclear power, which the country desperately needs over coming years and decades. This will be a tremendous opportunity for our area, especially for employment for our children, many of them still in school. But both the construction and later operation of the station will inevitably be quite intrusive to this beautiful part of the world, especially Leiston and the nearby villages.

We shall therefore be working very hard with EDF and others to ensure that we maximise the benefits and minimise the disruption, and have already done a lot of early work on that in recent months and years. We welcome this early consultation by EDF and hope that everyone who has an interest or concern will take the chance to find out the facts and make sure they put their views and concerns into the debate, as we shall be doing as representatives of our electors.
 Let us all make the very best use of this opportunity over the next few weeks."Let us all make the very best use of this opportunity over the next few weeks."