TASC submission to Bradwell consultation: The request for ‘feedback’ on the proposed Bradwell B nuclear plant development makes the presumption, like consultations around Hinkley and Sizewell, that the project will go ahead. This renders the views of respondents who are opposed to any nuclear development redundant, in that the time for criticism of the ‘nuclear renaissance’ proposals was at the policy development stage. Developers like CGN and EdF can and do conveniently hide behind a planning process which excludes public participation or influence. Policy is made by a small cabal of senior politicians advised by generally ill-informed and nuclear-sympathetic consultants. That policy, after an entirely inadequate period of scrutiny by Parliament (in the case of the energy policy enshrined in EN1, there is no evidence of any non-nuclear option having been put to MPs), is then turned into a national policy statement (NPS) which is effectively inviolate.
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