Clearance work for a new £12bn nuclear power station has been halted over fears about the effect it will have on wildlife at a nature reserve. The Welsh Government have called in plans to prepare a 740-acre area in Anglesey ready to build Wylfa Newydd. Anglesey council had approved developer Horizon’s 15-month clearance project but wildlife groups had “significant” concerns about the work’s impact. Horizon said it was “disappointed” and “disagreed with the reasoning”. Groups including the National Trust, RSPB Cymru and the North Wales Wildlife Trust had issues with the effect the work would have on a nearby area of outstanding natural beauty. Cemlyn Nature Reserve is home to a number of at-risk species like water voles, otters and great-crested newts. The Welsh Government are reviewing the plans as council planners only considered the works – including clearing field boundaries, demolishing buildings and “relocating species” – without taking into account the wider implications.
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A bid to start clearance work for a new nuclear power station has been halted by the Welsh Government over fears about the effect on wildlife at a nature reserve. In September, Anglesey Council’s planning committee unanimously approved an application by the developers of Wylfa Newydd to start the 15-month project which includes clearing field boundaries, demolishing buildings and “relocating species” over a 740-acre area near the north Anglesey coast. But a number of groups including the National Trust; RSPB Cymru and the North Wales Wildlife Trust said they had “significant” concerns about the impact the work would have on a number of listed and at-risk species including water voles, otters, great crested newts, terns and European eels. They breed at the Cemlyn Nature Reserve which is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Developers Horizon had pledged to create ecological areas and wetland habitats to offset the impact of their work.
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