NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE OF AN APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER FOR THE SIZEWELL C NEW NUCLEAR POWER STATION (APPLICATION REFERENCE: EN010012)
Notice under Section 56 Planning Act 2008, Regulation 9 of the Infrastructure Planning (Applications: Prescribed Forms and Procedure) Regulations 2009 and Regulation 16 of the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017
Notice is hereby given that an application for a Development Consent Order under the Planning Act 2008 has been made by NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited (the Applicant), whose registered office is at 90 Whitfield Street, London W1T 4EZ, to the Planning Inspectorate (on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (the Application). The Application was made on 27 May 2020 and accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate on 24 June 2020 (Application Reference: EN010012).
The Application is for development consent to construct, operate and maintain the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station, which comprises two UK EPR™ reactor units, giving a total site capacity of approximately 3,340MW, along with associated development required for the construction or operation of the Sizewell C nuclear power station or to mitigate its impacts (the Project). The Sizewell C nuclear power station would be located in Sizewell in East Suffolk, approximately halfway between Felixstowe and Lowestoft; to the north-east of the town of Leiston.
The main aspects of the Project include:
1) Development of a new power station in Suffolk including:
a) Nuclear power station, including two UK EPR™ reactor units capable of exporting a total of approximately 3,340MW to the National Grid
b) Associated buildings, plant and infrastructure within the power station perimeter, including overhead power lines and pylons
c) Associated buildings, plant and infrastructure outside of the power station perimeter, including a training building, beach landing facility and flood defences
d) Marine works and associated infrastructure, including cooling water system and combined drainage outfall in the North Sea
e) A temporary accommodation campus for up to 2,400 construction workers and associated facilities, buildings and infrastructure, located east of Eastbridge Road
f) National Grid 400kV substation and associated relocation of an existing pylon and power line south of Sizewell C
g) Relocation of certain Sizewell B supporting buildings and infrastructure south of Sizewell C
h) Vehicular and pedestrian crossing over Sizewell Marshes SSSI south of Goose Hill
i) Power station access road, linking the SSSI crossing with new a roundabout onto Abbey Road (B1122)
j) Public access works including permanent and temporary closures and diversion of public rights of way
k) Diversion and installation of utilities and services
l) Temporary construction compounds, parking, laydown areas and working areas, plus related works and structures
m) Temporary spoil management areas, including borrow pits and stockpiles
n) Temporary rail infrastructure associated with the green rail route (a rail extension which would branch off the existing Saxmundham to Leiston line into the main construction area on a temporary basis)
o) Landscape restoration works and planting
2) Off-site associated development including:
a) The temporary green rail route and related rail and road infrastructure
b) A new rail siding adjacent to the existing branch line on the land east of Eastlands Industrial Estate
c) A two village bypass of Farnham and Stratford St Andrew
d) The Sizewell link road south of the B1122
e) A park and ride facility in Darsham and a park and ride facility in Wickham Market
f) A new roundabout at the A12/B1122 junction in Yoxford
g) A freight management facility along the A14
h) Upgrades to the East Suffolk line and Saxmundham-Leiston branch line, together with changes to level crossings
i) Highway improvements to A12/B1119 at Saxmundham
j) Highway improvements to A1094/B1069 south of Knodishall
k) Highway improvements to A12/A144 south of Bramfield
Environmental Impact Assessment
The Project is an Environmental Impact Assessment development (EIA development), as defined by the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. An Environmental Statement has been submitted as part of the Application.
Copies of the Application
The application form and its accompanying documents, drawings, plans and maps (comprising the Application) (the Application Documents) are available for inspection free of charge by downloading them from either the Planning Inspectorate’s website:
https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/the-sizewell-c-project/?ipcsection=docs or the Applicant’s website: www.sizewellcdco.co.uk.
Details of where and when copies of the Application Documents can be inspected at physical deposit locations in the vicinity of the Project are set out below. If you are intending to visit any of these deposit locations, please observe all government guidance and laws regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) in place at the time of your visit. If you would like to but are unable to visit the deposit locations, please contact the Applicant, using the Applicant’s contact details below.
A hard copy of the Application Documents is available to inspect free of charge by appointment from 8 July 2020 until 30 September 2020 at the Sizewell C Information Office, 48-50 High Street, Leiston IP16 4EW. The opening times during which an appointment may be booked are: Mon-Fri 0930-1700 | Sat-Sun closed. To book an appointment, please use the Applicant’s contact details below.
Hard copies of the Plans and Environmental Statement Figures and a laptop to electronically view the Application Documents are also available to inspect/use free of charge from 8 July 2020 until 30 September 2020 at Leiston Town Council’s Office, Council Offices, Main Street, Leiston, Suffolk IP16 4ER. The opening times are Mon, Tue 0900-1230, 1400-1645 | Wed, Sat, Sun closed | Thu, Fri 0900-1230, however these times are subject to change so please call Leiston Town Council on 01728 830388 to confirm before travelling.
A mobile library with laptops containing the Application Documents and hard copies of the Plans and Environmental Statement Figures will be stopping at the following locations between 8 July 2020 and 11 August 2020 to allow inspection of the Application Documents by appointment: Leiston, Theberton, Middleton, Yoxford, Kelsale-cum-Carlton, Darsham, Wickham Market, Hacheston, Levington, Stratford St Andrew, Woodbridge, Ipswich and Lowestoft. Please use the Applicant’s contact details below to book an appointment.
Copies of the Application Documents can be sent to you upon request on a USB stick (free of charge) or in hard copy (for a fee of £9,800 plus VAT). Alternatively you can request a free loan of a laptop containing the Application Documents. Reasonable charges may apply to cover the cost of postage. To make a request, please use the Applicant’s contact details below.
Applicant’s contact details
Freephone: 0800 197 6102
Making a representation
You may make a representation about the Application (giving notice of any interest in, or objection to, the Application) by using the Planning Inspectorate’s Registration and Relevant Representation Form for this Application. This Form is available from 8 July 2020 to 30 September 2020 at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/the-sizewell-c-project/?ipcsection=overview.
If you require guidance on, or other methods of, obtaining and completing a Planning Inspectorate Registration and Relevant Representation Form, please telephone the Planning Inspectorate on 0303 444
5000 or e-mail email@example.com.
Any Registration and Relevant Representation Form must be received by the Planning Inspectorate no later than 30 September 2020.
Further information about how to register and make a representation is available in Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/legislation-and-advice/advice-notes/.
Due to the coronavirus, the Planning Inspectorate is reviewing its procedures, and therefore please monitor the project website for updates periodically at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/the-sizewell-c-project/?ipcsection=overview.
NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited