East Suffolk Council acknowledges today’s decision by the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to grant a Development Consent Order for Sizewell C new nuclear power station promoted by EDF Energy at Sizewell, Suffolk.
The project will provide up to 3.2 GW of low carbon energy once constructed helping achieve the Government’s Net Zero target. This decision which was previously expected in May was delayed to allow further information to be provided by the applicant and interested parties in response to additional post examination consultations.
East Suffolk Council will be reviewing the Examining Authority’s report, Secretary of State’s decision letter and Development Consent Order over the coming days and weeks. These are lengthy documents which contain a significant amount of detailed information regarding the decisions made and the reasoning behind them which will be important to understand.
The project will soon move into a new phase following the decision, with a focus on delivery and discharging the requirements. East Suffolk Council recognises the challenges this will bring as a result of the scale of construction works associated with the development, the provision of the required mitigation and compensation measures in a timely manner will therefore be vital.
Councillor Craig Rivett, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “East Suffolk Council looks forward to continuing working with the applicant, key stakeholders and the local community to ensure that appropriate mitigation is in place to help lessen the impacts of the project during the construction phase.”