The UK Planning inspectorate on 4 February released its report on the Wylfa Newydd project on Anglesey for which energy company Horizon – a subsidiary of Hitachi – had needed approval of the Development Consent Order (DCO) to allow the project to go ahead. However, in their 906-page report, the government appointed planning inspectors recommended that the project should be rejected, citing a number of expert concerns. The application has since been withdrawn after Hitachi, decided that the plant was too expensive to build without government funding, and Horizon subsequently failed to find any other backers for the project. On funding, the inspectorate’s report said that “despite the Applicant’s commitment to continued dialogue with UK Government, there remains “considerable uncertainty regarding the overall funding for the proposal and the extent to which the private sector alone can, or is prepared to accept, the business risk to fund it”. The planning inspectors’ report said there was a lack of scientific evidence put forward by developers to demonstrate that the Arctic and Sandwich tern (seabird) populations around the Cemlyn Bay area would not be disturbed by construction. There were fears that these birds would abandon the Bay as a result. It also raised wider concerns over the general impact on Cemlyn Bay, the Cae Gwyn site of special scientific interest and Tre’r Gof.
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Hitachi said it is “continuing discussions” with UK and Welsh governments over the future of the Wylfa site on Anglesey. UK and Welsh governments say they remain determined to realising the potential of the site, rated as one of the best in Europe for nuclear – with SMR chiefs also eyeing the land for smaller reactors. This weekend the Sunday Times reported Welsh Government was looking at acquiring Hitachi’s UK nuclear vehicle Horizon Nuclear Power – although this has not been confirmed by Hitachi, Horizon or Welsh Government. A spokeswoman for Hitachi did say: “Hitachi is continuing its discussions with the relevant Governments about the use of the remaining land.”
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