Reaction to EDF Energy’s decision to delay their Sizewell C application for a development consent order
This is a joint statement on behalf of Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council.
In a joint statement, Leader of Suffolk County Council, Councillor Matthew Hicks and Leader of East Suffolk Council, Councillor Steve Gallant said:
“Both Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council absolutely agree that this is the right decision for EDF Energy to take at this moment in time. We believe there is no other choice for them to take during such a difficult time for us all as we focus on fighting the effect of COVID-19 across Suffolk.
“Given the critical need for our communities to have the ability to fully engage with the consultation and decision making process that forms a valuable part of the government's formal Development Consent Order, we are relieved to hear EDF Energy has given due consideration to the timescales for making their submission and will delay for a number of weeks.
"We are now keen to understand what this means as we all currently expect to be living with the effects and restrictions surrounding COVID-19 for some time to come and we would not be happy to see anything done that restricts the community in taking an active part in the decision making process.
"We are keen to keep talking to EDF Energy about when it will be appropriate for all parties to see EDF Energy make their submission."