Mersea Island Environmental Alliance have been investigating discrepancies between the National Policy Statement for Bradwell in Essex and what is ‘proposed’ by CGN/EDF in their Consultation document. CGN/EDF Consultation proposal is for two reactors and in that document, they state that: “Parts of the Project which are not likely to be influenced by the consultation include: “The principle of building a new nuclear power station on land adjacent to the existing Bradwell power station (as a matter of Government policy)…and…Technical details including the proposed deployment of two reactors”. The National Policy Statement for Bradwell however is for just one reactor. Mersea Island Environmental Alliance working with The Environmental Law Foundation sought legal opinion. This is the Barrister’s opinion having reviewed the Consultation document: “Arguably this is highly misleading as the National Policy Statement does not set out government policy support for a two-reactor station, which was not assessed as part of the NPS. Consultees (the public included) may not be aware that they are entitled to make representations on this. This is potentially unlawful since a single reactor station is an alternative option, and consultees should be made aware that they are entitled to comment on this: see R. (Moseley) v LB Haringey  UKSC 56. Section 104(3) of the Planning Act 2008 states: “The Secretary of State must decide the application in accordance with any relevant national policy statement, except to the extent that one or more of subsections (4) to (8) applies.” The relevant NPS is EN-6 (although the Government is in the process of preparing a new NPS for nuclear power). This states at paragraph 4.1.1 that Bradwell is a site “that the Government has determined are potentially suitable for the deployment of new nuclear power stations in England and Wales before the end of 2025” The public have been forced to engage in a mockery of a consultation held at the peak of the Pandemic. To make matters worse Government are clearly aware of the CGN/EDF remit. The public have been deliberately mislead! The site selection process for one reactor and the NPS are being ignored both by the developer and Government. The public are illegally excluded from comment on the two-reactor proposal. The latter exclusion courtesy of CGN/EDF who are just the contractor! The intriguing side to this is how despite the initial enthusiasm from my media contacts over the developing story it hits the buffers of the editorial desks and goes no further.
Mersea Island Environmental Alliance 22nd July 2020 read more »