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Site clearance work approved for Anglesey nuclear power plant

Words: Roger Milne

Anglesey County Council planning committee this week unanimously approved Horizon Power’s proposals to carry out site clearance work on 300 hectares of land near Cemaes in preparation for building a new nuclear power station.

The site is near the former Wylfa atomic plant, which now being decommissioned.

The company has separately submitted a development consent order (DCO) for the proposed £12 billion nuclear project to the Planning Inspectorate. But It has said if the DCO is rejected or the new-build plant Wylfa Newyyd does not go ahead it would restore the site to its current condition “in line with the current baseline environment”.

The proposed work includes the clearance of 35 buildings, the removal of above-ground structures, the eradication of contaminated soils and the treatment of invasive non-native species like Japanese Knotweed.

The company says the work will take around 15 months to carry out and is justified as it will mean a faster construction time for the project, which would involve two so-called Advanced Boiling Water Reactor units generating 2.7 gigawatts of power.

The preparatory work has also been included in the DCO application, which is likely to take 18 months to determine.

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