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EDF Energy starts public consultation for new UK nuclear power station at Sizewell

24 September 2012

The UK subsidiary of French energy group EDF confirmed on September 21 that the formal public consultation for the construction of a new nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk would start by the end of November. Following initial meetings, EDF Energy sent a draft consultation statement to Suffolk local authorities to invite feedback on the Sizewell C project.

Sizewell C will be built on the Suffolk coast next to the existing Sizewell B nuclear power station
Sizewell C will be built on the Suffolk coast next to the existing Sizewell B nuclear power station

Consulting on a draft statement is a requirement of the Planning Act 2008 and marks the first formal stage in the consultation process. EDF Energy will consider the Councils' comments before publishing a final statement with details of the consultation programme.

Meanwhile, on 22 September, the Planning Inspectorate's six-month, evidence-based examination of EDF Energy's application to build and operate a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset came to an end. The Planning Inspectorate now has up to three months to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State.

During the examination for Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy submitted more than 50 documents and supporting appendices in response to written representations, provided approximately 300 detailed responses to technical questions, and attended eight issue-specific hearings and five open floor hearings. Many other parties contributed fully to the process.

Richard Mayson, Director of Planning and External Affairs for EDF Energy Nuclear New Build, said: "We are very pleased to signal the start of our formal consultation for Sizewell C. It demonstrates our clear intent to progress our role at the forefront of the UK's nuclear renaissance.

"At the same time, we're delighted to mark the end of the examination of our Hinkley Point C proposals. During this period a landmark agreement was reached with the local authorities to mitigate the impact of the development and support services such as education, training, transport and housing.

"As well as helping to supply new low carbon electricity for ten million homes, both these projects offer massive employment and economic opportunities for local residents and firms. We now look forward to the planning decision for Hinkley Point C and to working with the communities in Suffolk to develop our proposals at Sizewell including mitigating identified impacts."

EDF Energy submitted its application for Hinkley Point C on 31 October 2011, following more than three years of community consultation and stakeholder engagement which directly shaped the proposals. During the formal consultation stages, EDF Energy directly engaged with almost 6,500 consultees, held 34 exhibitions, attended dozens of meetings with local authorities and other groups, and attracted 109,000 unique visitors to its project website.

The application was formally accepted for examination on 24 November 2011 and the six-month examination started on 21 March 2012.

Hinkley Point C is subject to planning consent and a final investment decision by the end of the year.

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