Notice under section 123(4) of the Planning Act 2008 and regulations 7 and 8 of the Infrastructure Planning (compulsory acquisition) Regulations 2010
An application for an order granting development consent under the Planning Act 2008 has been made by NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited (‘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) (‘Application’). The Application was made on 27 May 2020 and accepted for Examination by the Planning Inspectorate on 24 June 2020 (Application Reference: EN010012). An Examining Authority was appointed on 30 June 2020 to examine the Application. After the examination has closed, the Examining Authority will submit a report to the Secretary of State who will then make the decision on whether or not to grant the development consent order.
The Application is for development consent to construct, operate and maintain the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station, which would comprise two UK EPRTM reactor units with an expected net electrical output of approximately 1,670 megawatts (‘MW’) per unit, 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 (‘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 on-site aspects of the Project comprise the nuclear power station; associated buildings, plant and infrastructure; offshore works including cooling water system and combined drainage outfall in the North Sea; a temporary accommodation campus; a new National Grid 400kV substation; relocation of certain Sizewell B infrastructure; a crossing over the Sizewell Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest; access works; construction compounds and spoil management areas; temporary rail infrastructure; and landscaping. Proposed off-site associated development includes temporary park and ride sites; a two village bypass; a Sizewell link road; highway improvements; a temporary freight management facility; temporary rail infrastructure; and permanent rail upgrade works. Further details of the Project are provided in the Application.
Environmental Impact Assessment
The Project is an Environmental Impact Assessment development, as defined by the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. An Environmental Statement was submitted with the Application (Examination Library refs. APP-159 to APP-582) pursuant to the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 and Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2007.
Compulsory Acquisition Request
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with Regulations 7 and 8 of the Infrastructure Planning (Compulsory Acquisition) Regulations 2010 (‘CA Regulations’) that the Applicant has made a request for an order granting development consent to authorise compulsory acquisition of land or of an interest in or right over land that was not identified in the book of reference submitted with the Application (‘CA Request’).
The location of the additional land for the purposes of the CA Regulations (‘CA Additional Land’) is shown on the ‘Land Plans Showing the Proposed Land Changes’ (Examination Library ref. AS-290) submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in February 2021. The CA Additional Land comprising land over which compulsory acquisition is now sought is shown hatched. The CA Additional Land comprising land changing from temporary possession to compulsory acquisition is shown dotted.
Tables 2.1 and 2.4 of the Statement of Reasons Addendum (Examination Library ref. AS-149) submitted by the Applicant to the Examining Authority in January 2021 describe the CA Additional Land and explain why that land is required for the Project.
The Second Funding Statement Addendum (Examination Library ref. AS-150) submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in January 2021 explains how the acquisition of the CA Additional Land would be funded.
These documents should be read in conjunction with the Statement of Reasons (Examination Library ref. APP-062) and Funding Statement (Examination Library ref. APP-066) submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in May 2020 and the Funding Statement Addendum (Examination Library ref. AS-011) submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in November 2020. Together these documents explain what land is required for the Project, why it is required and how the order granting consent is proposed to be funded.
The CA Additional Land is required for the development of Sizewell C or is required to facilitate or is incidental to it. There is a compelling case in the public interest for the compulsory acquisition of land required for the Project, including the CA Additional Land. The availability of funding is not considered to be an impediment to the implementation of the Project or to the acquisition of the relevant interests in the CA Additional Land.
Copies of the Additional Documents
The Book of Reference Addendum relating to the CA Additional Land (Examination Library ref. AS-151), the ‘Land Plans Showing the Proposed Land Changes’ (Examination Library ref. AS-290), the revised draft development consent order (Examination Library ref. AS-143), the Statement of Reasons Addendum (Examination Library ref. AS-149), the Second Funding Statement Addendum (Examination Library ref. AS-150) and other documentation relating to the CA Request (‘Additional Documents’), together with the Application form and its accompanying documents, drawings, plans and maps, are available for inspection free of charge on the webpage relating to the Application on the Planning Inspectorate’s website under the ‘Documents’ tab: https://infrastructure. planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ projects/eastern/the-sizewell-c- project/?ipcsection=docs
These documents will be available to view on the website for at least the duration of the Examination, which is due to be completed by no later than 14 October 2021.
Copies of these documents can be sent to you upon request on a USB stick (free of charge) or in hard copy (but the full suite of documents comes at a print cost of £9,800 plus VAT). To make a request, please use the Applicant’s contact details below. Alternatively, subject to any applicable government restrictions in response to Covid-19 that may apply, you can book an appointment to view the documents at:
• the Sizewell C Information Office at 48-50 High Street, Leiston IP16 4EW (please call 0800 197 6102 to make an appointment) – all documents are available in both electronic and hard copy; and
• the Council Offices of the Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council at Council Offices, Main Street, Leiston IP16 4ER (please call 01728 830388 to make an appointment) – all documents are available in electronic copy and the Additional Documents are available in hard copy.
Any enquiries about the Application, the Additional Documents and any other matters covered in this notice may be raised with the Planning Inspectorate (0303 444 5000 or email sizewellc@planninginspectorate. gov.uk) or the Applicant (Freephone 0800 197 6102 (09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday) or email info@ sizewellc.co.uk).
In any correspondence with the Planning Inspectorate in relation to the Application, please quote the Application Reference (EN010012) and, where relevant, your unique reference number provided by the Planning Inspectorate.
Details of the development consent process and how to participate are set out in the Planning Inspectorate’s ‘Advice Note Eight: Overview of the nationally significant infrastructure planning process for members of the public and others’, which is available to view free of charge at: https:// infrastructure. planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ legislation-and-advice/advice- notes/
Making a representation on the CA Request
Any representations (giving notice of any interest in, or objection to, the CA Request) must be made on the Planning Inspectorate’s Registration and Relevant Representation Form for this Application, which will be available from 28 April 2021 to midday on 7 June 2021 at: https:// infrastructure.planninginspectorate. gov.uk/projects/eastern/the- sizewell-c-project/
If you require guidance on, or other methods of, obtaining and completing the Planning Inspectorate’s Registration and Relevant Representation Form, please telephone the Planning Inspectorate on 0303 444 5000 or e-mail sizewellc@planninginspectorate. gov.uk. 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/
Any Registration and Relevant Representation Form must be received by the Planning Inspectorate no later than midday on 7 June 2021.
Representations will be made public by the Planning Inspectorate on its website at: https://infrastructure. planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ projects/eastern/the-sizewell-c- project/
NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited