Minsmere RSPB

Sizewell C: Plant location would border Minsmere nature reserve

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
5.59 AM

SIZEWELL C would be built immediately to the north of the existing power stations if EDF Energy has its way.

The permanent site of the power station would be similar in size to the sites of Sizewell A and B combined – but a much larger site would be needed for the construction phase of the project.

A new road to the station would be built from the junction of the B1122 and the Eastbridge road and land beside this would be used during the construction process.

EDF plans to develop a permanent visitor centre outlining its role at Sizewell.

There are three potential sites for this – at Sizewell Beach, on Lover’s Lane near the recycling centre or at Goose Hill near Sizewell C.

Once the power station was completed this land would be restored to its natural state – it is only a relatively short distance from the internationally-renowned Minsmere nature reserve as the crow (or marsh harrier) flies.

Part of the Sizewell C site lies within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and EDF is looking at the possibility of creating replacement habitats nearby.

It would also look at ensuring historic assets like Leiston Abbey and the old Abbey near the sea are not damaged by the developments.

EDF is studying the risks of flooding at the site – and is also looking at the potential danger of sea level rise as a result of global warming.

The company has been monitoring the coastal processes along the North Sea for several years, and says it will factor in this as well as the effect on the Minsmere sluice before its detailed plans for the site are confirmed.

Footpaths along the coast would need to be closed during construction work – especially when the jetty is operating – but EDF says any changes would be agreed with local authorities and there would be notice of the changes.

Once construction is complete, the area would be fully restored.