EDF Energy has been told to reconsider its designs for the new Sizewell C nuclear power station in Suffolk. The French energy giant wants to build the plant next to existing power stations near Leiston. It says it will create 25,000 “employment opportunities” and is currently consulting on the proposals. But, in a joint statement, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council said a “greater level of detail” on the plans was needed. The councils said while they support the principal of new power station, they feel there is a “lack of information” more than four years on from the initial consultation. Concerns raised relate to the impact on traffic, transport and the environment and the plant’s design.
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A leading heritage charity says the current proposals for the Sizewell C nuclear power station “threaten environmental damage on an unprecedented scale” in east Suffolk. The Suffolk Preservation Society (SPS) believes that the project will have major implications for the special qualities of the AONB and and a permanent road crossing over the Sizewell Marshes and the workers’ campus will destroy the tranquillity and remote character of the area. SPS director Fiona Cairns believes that “on balance what is being proposed during the construction phase of Sizewell C would threaten environmental damage on an unprecedented scale across a wide range of highly sensitive locations”. She added: “We must ensure that a lasting legacy for Suffolk is delivered in return for hosting this Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. “It is time for EDF to deliver a lasting solution and avert environmental desecration.”
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