Today’s announcement that Sizewell C has been granted a Development Consent Order by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has been welcomed by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
An application for permission to build and operate a new nuclear power station next to Sizewell B was submitted in 2020 and the Government’s decision follows an intense period of examination of the application by the Planning Inspectorate.
The building of the power station will not begin until financing is confirmed and construction will take 10 to 12 years.
Commenting on the announcement, C-J Green, Chair of the LEP, said: “Clean energy promises to play a pivotal role in the future economic prosperity of Norfolk & Suffolk, so the LEP is delighted to hear Sizewell C has been given development consent.
“This nuclear power station will generate sufficient low carbon electricity for six million homes and create thousands of jobs, including 1,500 apprenticeships. Our well-established and world-leading supply chain meanwhile makes the region perfectly positioned to take full advantage of this massive project, which will contribute to a higher performing, clean and inclusive economy.
“This is an important step forward and we will work with partners to ensure the project delivers maximum economic opportunities for the area and minimises disruption to the environment and local residents.”