A proposed new nuclear power station in Suffolk has cleared a legal hurdle after the Court of Appeal ruled that the Government’s decision to approve the site was legal.
Protest group Together Against Sizewell C claims the nuclear site will cause irreparable damage to the Suffolk Coast and brought the challenge, which was rejected on Wednesday morning.
The group had argued unsuccessfully that the government failed to consider the environmental implications of the need for water supply when it gave the green light for the plant and did not consider “alternative solutions” to meet energy and climate change targets.
The Court of Appeal heard the case after the High Court in June refused to grant a judicial review of former Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng’s July 2022 decision to grant development permit for the site.
The government said it made legitimate planning judgements.
The station will contain two reactors and will be built by the French energy giant EDF. When fully operational, it is hoped that Sizewell C will generate enough electricity to power six million homes.
Lawyers for EDF had said the plant could be operational by 2034.
It is expected that taxpayers do finance around £700m of the project cost with the total cost likely to be between £20-£30bn.
It will create 10,000 highly skilled jobs, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said. Both trade unions and industry professionals had welcomed the project.