Sizewell C, the third generation of nuclear power station on the Suffolk Coast, has been granted development consent by the Planning Inspectorate. LDA Design has supported EDF for more than a decade on this energy-security project.
Sizewell C will generate enough low-carbon electricity to supply six million homes and by replacing fossil fuel power will avoid around nine million tonnes of carbon being emitted every year. At the local scale, it will create thousands of jobs and contribute around £4 billion to the regional economy.
LDA Design has advised on landscape matters on all aspects for the main power station site, at all project stages, with planning and design that will establish an enhanced landscape setting for the new and existing power stations, and curate the estate-wide operational masterplan. We have contributed to the design of the turbine halls and ancillary structures, as well as essential infrastructure and new coastal defences.
The power station is located in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Suffolk Heritage Coast. Its location demands a sensitive response, and careful mitigation of its potential adverse landscape and visual effects through close collaboration with the wider project team and local stakeholders.
Ian Houlston, a director at LDA Design and Environmental Planning lead, commented: “LDA Design has worked with EDF to achieve the best, contextual design outcomes for the power station itself and for its special landscape setting. For example, our landscape masterplan will create new areas of rare coastal Sandlings habitat which has been diminishing across Suffolk for many years.”
Image credit: Sizewell C Co