Sizewell Stage 2 consultation: a pre-consultation document contains interesting changes, including an expansion of the geographical area of consultation and presumably impact from a single 20km range – the basis of the original EDF mapping – to a new 20-mile range and a new inner range of 10 miles.
This brings in Felixstowe (maybe the port is worried about huge extra lorry traffic like everyone else) to Grundisburgh, up to Eye and Beccles and Lowestoft. Hopefully the actual report will clarify.
Pre-publicity indicates also that 300 (presumably half of the daily 600 HGVs) will not be at Wickham Market park-and-ride. We may be lucky and learn where they will go.
And sage asks: will we get an honest account of the sea delivery facilities? Hinkley will have both a MOLF (marine offshore landing facility) and a permanent harbour at Combwich. Sizewell too, we fear – a bridge / harbour on the beach, plus the admitted MOLF.
Our sense is that this sudden, long awaited consultation, is a holding operation to give the appearance of EDF progress, and we won’t be surpised if it contains even more options on roads etc.
The reason is money: EDF, despite China as a partner, is not regarded as being able to start even Hinkley before 2019 (see also below).
Nine “temporary” construction phase developments are also flagged in this “updated” consultation document. “Temporary” means eight or 10 or maybe 15 years, of course.
The document also asserts that basic questions are not being consulted about because the government and Parliament have already decided Sizewell is a “potentially suitable” site.
This is more than likely to be challenged in due course since the basic law is different: it allows the planners to turn down at least one site on the list of potential sites.