The Environment Agency and Natural England have raised concerns that design changes made to the proposed £20bn Sizewell C nuclear power plant will be rushed through without adequate time to be evaluated. Sizewell C developer EDF has submitted design changes to The Planning Inspectorate, after feedback from earlier rounds of consultation on the environmental impact of the project. Design changes include increasing rail and sea deliveries during construction to reduce the number of HGVs on Suffolk’s local roads. EDF also plans to reduce the use of AONB land on the Sizewell estate by working closely with Sizewell A, which is being decommissioned, and by using existing land within the Sizewell nuclear licensed area for critical buildings that need to be moved to allow construction to get underway. In addition, a proposed new design to the crossing over the Sizewell Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) will result in less of the SSSI being used for the project. Additional land for the creation of fen meadow to compensate for the loss of fen meadow land has also been identified.
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The planning application for Suffolk’s proposed new nuclear power station, Sizewell C, has been changed. EDF Energy, the company in charge of the project, has faced criticism from many local residents and politicians. Changes include reducing the number of deliveries by road and increasing deliveries by rail and sea. EDF claims this move will take 150 HGV’s off local roads. The company has also cut back on the amount of natural land that would be used and fen meadow that is being lost to construction will be replaced. As part of the project 1,500 local students will be able to get an apprenticeship on the site.
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