At its meeting on 9 July, the full Maldon District Council (MDC) comprehensively refused to grant Planning Permission to the Chinese developer, BRB, to carry out further ground investigations at the Bradwell B site. 24 Councillors voted against the Planning Application, 2 abstained and the Leader excluded himself from voting. There were no votes in favour. The Planning Officer advised that only the groundworks being applied for should be considered by the Council. In his view it would be ‘dangerous’ to bring the broader issue of the future power station into their considerations. But Councillors were almost unanimous in declaring that it was not possible to consider these works in isolation without taking into account the proposed massive nuclear power station for which these would be the precursor. Councillors also expressed their concerns about: the lack of detail in the Planning Application; the bulk and scale of the works; the reality of BRB being able to restore the affected area in 5 years after the ‘devastation’ that would be caused by the investigative works; the disruption the works would cause in terms of noise level during the proposed long working hours – said to be in breach of MDC’s own policies; the light pollution that would be caused; the massive negative impact of the works on the local communities, wildlife and marine life; the question of discounting the objections on the impacts on the ecology of the area raised by the RSPB and the Essex Wildlife Trust and relying only on what had been said by Natural England, after it withdrew its objection to the application; and the detrimental impact on the heritage and landscape of the area.
BANNG 14th July 2020 read more »
Plans to carry out ground investigation work at a potential site for Bradwell B nuclear power station have been refused by councillors. Maldon District Council’s planning committee sat on July 9 and voted to refuse the next step of the plans for Bradwell B – ground investigations on the proposed site of the power station. The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) were delighted to see councillors agree with their protest. BANNG chairman Professor Andy Blowers said: “Maldon District councillors deserve a cheer for their refusal of this application. “They have understood what BANNG has been stressing for a long time, that it is not possible to consider the planning applications for more minor works only as they are, but as precursors of a massive new nuclear power station.”
East Anglian Daily Times 15th July 2020 read more »