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Welsh ministers call in nuclear power plant site preparation bid

Words: Roger Milne
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Preconstruction preparation work for a proposed £12 billion nuclear power station on the Isle of Anglesey has ground to a halt now that Welsh ministers have called in the scheme. The county council had approved the scheme.

Conservation groups had raised concerns over the impact of the works. These involve 300 hectares and affect two designated areas under the EU Habitats Directive: the Cemlyn Bay Special Area of Conservation and the Anglesey Terns Special Protection Area.

In the letter announcing the call-in Welsh Government officials claim that the planning authority had not demonstrated that it had considered whether there were any reasonable alternative sites that would result in “less harm, no harm or gain”.

It states: “The consideration of the application by the local planning authority does not appear to have followed this process in the consideration of the proposals for the site preparation works.”

Horizon Power, the company behind the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant project, said it was “disappointed” and “disagreed with the reasoning”.

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