‘Wasteland’ fears for 740 acres of Anglesey as plans to clear the way for nuclear plant get go-ahead. Plans to clear a site as big as 500 football pitches to make way for a £12bn power plant have been approved by planners despite strong opposition from local campaigners. Horizon Nuclear Power had submitted a bid to carry out the 15-month process, including the clearing of field boundaries, demolishing buildings and “relocating species” over a 740-acre area near the north Anglesey coast. A meeting of the council’s planning committee unanimously approved the application this morning, despite concerns that carrying out such large-scale work is premature until the fate of the nuclear plant’s Development Consent Order (DCO) is known. The DCO, which could take at least 18 months to be decided upon by the Planning Inspectorate, will also include a substantial public consultation period. But, according to Horizon, allowing the work to start now would shave around a year off the nuclear plant’s construction. The firm also promises that the site will be restored to its previous condition if the nuclear plant fails to clear the planning or funding hurdles. The restoration would cost the company more than £7m, and a bond for the costs will be agreed with the local authority before planning permission is formally released. Representatives of north Anglesey community councils and People Against Wylfa B spoke against the bid, urging members to force Horizon to wait until the DCO’s outcome is known.
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British solicitor practice Harrison Grant has filed a legal objection on behalf of Greenpeace UK opposing nuclear firm Horizon’s plans to clear a site in Anglesey intended to house the planned Wylfa B reactor. The objection was submitted yesterday, prior to a Planning and Orders Committee meeting of the Anglesey County Council which is due to discuss Horizon’s site-clearing request, intended to be carried out today. Clearing of the 738-acre site would see buildings demolished and the relocation of wildlife, some of which, such as barn owls, bats and great crested newts, is endangered.
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