Sizewell B Relocation Consultation 2019
Sizewell B Relocation Planning Application - Press Release
14 May 2019
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Coronation Wood Screening Sizewell B Dry Fuel Store
TOGETHER AGAINST SIZEWELL C CLAIM EDF IS TREATING RESIDENTS OF SUFFOLK WITH CONTEMPT BY PREMATURELY PROCEEDING WITH PLANS TO EXPAND INTO AONB
Together Against Sizewell C (TASC) is critical of EDF’s planning application to East Suffolk Council to free more space on the site for the planned Sizewell C (SZC) development by moving a number of Sizewell B (SZB) buildings and car parks for outage and visitor management to other areas which would further impinge on the Suffolk Coast And Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Sizewell Marshes SSSI. These buildings are not critical to the operation of SZB, therefore the AONB and SSSI should not be sacrificed for development that could be located elsewhere. EDFE have not given any undertaking that these new structures will be removed from the AONB, if Sizewell C (SZC) does not go ahead and TASC believes that no pre-emptive development work should be allowed until – and if – planning consent for SZC is granted.
TASC’s Secretary, Joan Girling, said “This application is premature and should not be given consent by East Suffolk Council but should be considered by the national Planning Inspectorate when, and if, EDFE submits its application for the SZC Development Consent Order. TASC will therefore be calling on East Suffolk Council to reject these plans.
It would appear that EDFE have totally ignored responses to their consultation earlier this year in which they sought comments on their SZB plans. TASC consider that EDFE should supply copies of all the consultation responses to the Council so that the Council can be appraised of the concerns of Suffolk residents. EDFE seem to believe, that by owning so much land in the Leiston-cum-Sizewell area, that they can spread buildings, cars, lorries and anything they wish anywhere and everywhere in their land ownership to suit themselves. This does not constitute being a good neighbour and these plans prove that they are prepared to sacrifice precious community amenities, particularly the SSSI, totally ignoring others such as Leiston Town Council who rejected the plans when they were last discussed.
The plan will mean clear felling of all trees in historic Coronation Wood and the destruction of all the flora and fauna which inhabit that site. The 3 year project will introduce light noise and dust pollution to an area which is currently a green buffer zone that acts as a screen to hide the unsightly Sizewell Industrial complex. The loss of Coronation Wood will mean the existing rural qualities of the site will be replaced by the creep of industrialization further into the AONB. The plans show some landscaping but this would give an impression of managed neatness which is totally incompatible with the general nature of the AONB.
It is quite obvious that even with the relocation of the SZB buildings, the site allocated for SZC is not of adequate size. Until such time as EDFE have Planning Consent from the Secretary of State for SZC, any relocation of buildings further west of the existing complex of SZA and B is premature. If SZC does not receive Planning Consent, further areas of Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB will have been sacrificed and Coronation Wood destroyed unnecessarily. This is why TASC’s view is that this application should not be considered by the Local Planning Authority but should form part of the application for a Development Consent Order for SZC and considered by the Planning Inspectorate.
TASC believes that the 576 space Outage Car Park planned to be built in the AONB on the highly visible Pill Box Field, will result in road traffic to and from the car park impacting on public Bridleway 19 (Sandy Lane). This will put horses, riders and persons on foot or bike at an unacceptable risk. This site is, again, in open countryside and directly viewed from many sides. TASC also questions the assumption that this disruption is purely to accommodate the outage for SZB once every 18 months. If SZC goes ahead with its two reactors this car park could be used for both SZB and SZC outages once every 6 months. Based on an average 6 week outage this will mean over 72,000 vehicle movements per annum.”
TASC urges everyone concerned about this planning application to send their responses by the 23rd May 2019 deadline, whether by email or letter, to East Suffolk Planning Dept.
The Application, no. DC/19/1637, can be found on East Suffolk Web Site https://publicaccess.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/online-applications/
Re-location Sizewell B Facilities. Consultation Response
TASC’s response to the sizewell B consultation. A pdf copy can be downloaded here
1) We are aware that this consultation is being undertaken to enable EDFE in the fullness of time to submit a Planning Application to Suffolk Coastal District Council for the relocation of buildings etc on and off the SZC site to other locations. It is quite obvious that without the relocation of the buildings the site allocated for SZC is not of adequate size.
Until as such time as EDFE have Planning Consent from the Secretary of State for SZC any relocation of Buildings further west of the existing complex of SZA and B is premature.
2) If SZC does not receive Planning Consent, further areas of Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB will have been sacrificed unnecessarily. We therefore submit that any application for relocation should not be considered by the Local Planning Authority but should form part of the application for DCO for SZC and considered by the Planning Inspectorate.
3) The consultation suggests that Coronation Wood is in a poor state, and of little value, yet the wood is an historic asset being planted to commemorate George 5th Coronation and as such the owners of the wood should have applied a much better Woodland management scheme to ensure its viability. The wood does not just contain pine but many hardwood deciduous trees, it also forms a green buffer to the Sizewell complex. We have it on good authority that the wood could be restored. Thus ensuring its capability to carry out its function of obscuring the Sizewell industrial complex. Leiston cum Sizewell Town Council are opposed to the loss of Coronation Wood, it is just one of the woods which is named on the Oglivie Estate and as such is part of Leiston’s heritage, it is incumbent on the owners, EDFE, to respect and manage it for the benefit of future generations.
4) The Visitor Centre and Training Centre suggested for the Coronation Wood area are outside the Sizewell B complex as are many other relocated buildings causing further intrusion into open countryside west of the existing industrial building site, encroaching further into the AONB and other designations. We are also concerned about the possibility of flooding in this area. We are not told how potable water is to be fed to the site and how sewage is to be disposed of.
5) Not withstanding our remarks at 1and 2 of this paper we believe that alternatives sites must be considered, at present it appears a fait accompli. Without a full EIA we do not know the total extent of any environmental damage to these sensitive areas.
6) On considering the Outage Car Park on Pill Box Field. Travel to and from the car park adjacent to the public Bridleway 19 will put horses, riders and persons on foot in direct conflict. This should not be accepted. This site is again in open countryside and directly viewed from many sides. We also question the assumption that it is for the outage for SZB once every 18 months but if SZC goes ahead with 2 reactors this car park could be for the use of SZB and C outage once every 6 months. Even without this being the case there are many other questions as to the management of pollution both of air and water. The petro- chemical run off has not been properly considered and may contaminate Sizewell Belts and all other water courses in the area. This type of activity with many car movements is not suitable for an area which is on rising ground and will be highly visible from many view points.
7) The introduction of noise and light pollution into the suggested area within an AONB is unacceptable for the Car park, the Training Centre and the Visitors Centre. This needs to be reconsidered by EDFE.
8) As an aside it would appear that EDFE believe that owning so much land in the Leiston- cum- Sizewell area that they can spread buildings cars lorries and anything they wish anywhere and everywhere in their land ownership to suit themselves, this does not constitute being a good neighbour, this consultation has proved that this is their attitude.
9) We submit that this SZB consultation and following Planning Application is premature. The SZB planning application should be determined as part of the SZC DCO and should be determined by the Planning Inspectorate as the two matters are inextricably linked.
Further remarks to TASC Initial Document 25-1- 2019
We wish to point out that any work undertaken to relocate Sizewell B facilities into Coronation Wood and the adjoining area in the AONB including Pill Box Field at Planning Application stage should, if Planning Consent is given for the relocation of the SZB facilities, be subject to a legal requirement for the reinstatement of any work undertaken, if Sizewell C is not granted permission by the Planning Inspectorate.
Joan Girling Secretary to TASC