Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Deputy Leader and chairman of the Sizewell Task Group, welcomed the news, saying:
"We are extremely pleased to hear about the announcement of the funding to create a business case for the Suffolk Energy Gateway Scheme.
This project has the potential to open up the entire east coast of Suffolk, increasing accessibility and boosting the all sections of the economy, bringing new growth, housing and helping our businesses.
Obviously, this also has to be seen in the context of EDF Energy's proposal to build a two villages by-pass, which has the potential to significantly reduce our costs and make the whole project much more affordable.
However, this is just the first step, we have a long way to go before we can deliver this scheme and Suffolk Coastal remains committed to continuing to work with our partners to develop this proposal and make a clear business case to show the great value for money this improvement to our local infrastructure will have across the east coast."
Suffolk County Cllr Guy McGregor, Chair of Sizewell C Joint Local Authorities Group (JLAG) said:
“We welcome the news from government today that they have announced business case development funding for the Suffolk Energy Gateway.
We put forward a request of £1million to take this project forward. The scheme is to a build the bypass for Farnham, Stratford, Glemham and Marlesford, and we can now push on with further scheme preparation immediately.
We will now be formulating the case which furthers Suffolk County Council’s, and my, commitment to the residents of those four villages.”