A COUNCIL has rejected an application for ground investigations to take place at the site of a new nuclear power station. Maldon District Council’s planning committee has rejected the Chinese state-backed nuclear developer CGN’s application for permission to undertake ground investigations at the proposed Bradwell B site. Campaign group Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group had called for the council to delay permitting the investigations. The group’s chairman Prof Andy Blowers said: “From the moment CGN revealed its plans just before lockdown it became clear the Bradwell B project would be dead in the water. “The massive scale of the project which would totally overwhelm the Blackwater area and the Dengie peninsula has proved too much to stomach, even for those who were seduced by the promise of thousands of jobs. “The price, in terms of loss of environment and wellbeing, was simply too high.” Energy experts Professor Andrew Stirling and Dr Philip Johnston said a recent public consultation into the power plant should be suspended, arguing it excluded crucial underlying questions. Dr Johnston said: “The last full UK Energy White Paper not successfully challenged by judicial review was published in 2003 and even then found that nuclear power presents an unattractive option for the UK.” They say the consultation should resume only when the Government publishes justification for nuclear power compared to other low carbon energy sources. Bradwell Power Generation Company Limited said: “The first stage of consultation was undertaken at an early stage of development to understand people’s views about the proposals and enable them to influence these before we submit an application for development consent in a few years’ time.
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COUNCIL bosses say the first stage of the Bradwell B consultation was “extremely challenging”. Maldon District Council and Essex County Council have given joint feedback to the Bradwell B stage one consultation. District council leader Adrian Fluker said: “The BRB stage one consultation has been extremely challenging due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we recognise that the proposal is at the early stages of a long process. “Employment and economic growth are incredibly important to the success of the district, but this must be balanced against the need to protect the district and the daily lives of people living, working and visiting the district.
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