Suffolk AONB Needs You: Save Coronation Wood!
Suffolk AONB Needs You: Save Coronation Wood!
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Together Against Sizewell C (TASC) is an unincorporated citizens’ group formed to oppose the building of Sizewell C's twin nuclear reactors and associated works in Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in a legal open, peaceful and fully accountable manner.
TASC has mounted a legal challenge against East Suffolk Council's decision to approve the planning application submitted by EDF, the nuclear developer, to: -
- chop down 100-year-old Coronation Wood,
- turn a large area of priority habitat acidic grassland, known as Pillbox Field, into a 576 space car park,
- relocate over 320,000 sq. feet of 7 largely non-essential and non-operational Sizewell B buildings and an additional 128 car parking spaces, that will encroach further into the AONB.
- Most of these buildings/facilities could be located outside the AONB. The works are needed to free up land for the construction of Sizewell C as the existing site is too small and are clearly integral to the wider Sizewell C development.
What are we trying to achieve?
We want to overturn the decision to grant planning permission in order to stop a large area of the designated AONB landscape from industrialisation. Hopefully this will also perhaps halt completely the building of further nuclear plants on our unstable coast. There are increasing concerns about siting new nuclear power stations on an already eroding Suffolk coast in flood zones 2 and 3 and the ever-worsening predictions of the impacts from rising sea levels, increased storm surges and more extreme weather events. Combined with the ever-growing costs of nuclear power and the intractable problem of radioactive waste to be stored on site for at least 150 years, it seems doubtful Sizewell C will ever get built.
To fell a 100-year-old wood and create so much damage to the natural environment for something that may never happen would be inexcusable in this time of Climate Emergency.
The local community is appalled by the Council's decision to approve EDF's planning application, which we argue was unlawful. We feel this decision demonstrates a total disregard for the impact of this development on the animals, birds, bats and plants that call this area home. The Council has totally ignored the legal obligations they have for the designated AONB landscape.
As East Suffolk Council have declared a climate emergency it seems perverse that it has chosen to ignore over 125 letters of objection including those from the AONB, Natural England, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB, local Town and Parish Councils, local groups such as Suffolk Preservation Society, Suffolk Coastal FOE and Theberton & Eastbridge Action Group (TEAGS) to name but a few. Many have pointed out the inadequacy of the Environmental Impact Assessment and absence of ecological surveys in this sensitive area bordered by a Site of Special Scientific Interest as well as the impact of light and noise pollution from the loss of Coronation Wood, which currently acts as a visual landscape barrier to the light and noise emanating from the existing nuclear complex.
As no planning application has yet been submitted for Sizewell C, the approval of the relocation of Sizewell B facilities is premature. Instead, the works should be considered as part of the Sizewell C planning application and form part of the Development Consent Order to be deliberated next year by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and then the Secretary of State.
We need £5,000 to meet our initial legal costs to fund TASC's launch of judicial review proceedings against East Suffolk Council so the planning permission that has been granted, is rescinded.
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What is the next step in the case?
Our lawyers wrote to East Suffolk Council in late November requesting that this planning permission is withdrawn due to the reasons mentioned above. Following an unsatisfactory response, on 23rd December 2019 we instructed our lawyers to issue judicial review proceedings before the High Court challenging the planning decision.
How much we are raising and why?
Our full stretch target is £22,000 so please give whatever you can. Even a small amount will make a big difference.
TASC would like to thank our legal team at Leigh Day, David Wolfe QC of Matrix Chambers, and Ashley Bowes of Cornerstone Barristers for all their advice and support in getting us to this point.
We would also like to thank, in advance, all who donate to keep the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty safe from further degradation and help maintain the rich mosaic of wildlife habitats that have taken millennia to evolve.
All donations received by TASC will be used to fight the destruction of Coronation Wood and the proposed building of Sizewell C.
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