Energy secretary delays decision on troubled Wylfa nuclear plant

The energy secretary has delayed a planning decision on the troubled Wylfa nuclear power station in north Wales by five months in order to carry out additional consultation on issues including environmental mitigation.

Energy secretary Andrea Leadsom (pic: Getty)
Energy secretary Andrea Leadsom (pic: Getty)

Horizon Nuclear Power, a subsidiary of Japanese electronics company Hitachi, submitted a development consent order (DCO) application for the Wylfa Newydd power plant in Anglesey in June 2018. It was accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate later that month.

But in January, Horizon said it was scrapping plans for the nuclear power plant after failing to reach a funding deal with the UK government.

However, Horizon said it would continue to seek planning consent for the project.

The energy secretary, Andrea Leadsom, had been due to issue a decision on the DCO by yesterday (23 October).

However, her department has now issued a new deadline for a decision - 31 March 2020 - so that additional consultation can be carried out on the scheme.

A letter issued on behalf of the minister said that issues to be considered further include marine licensing, impacts on EU wildlife protection areas, environmental mitigation proposals, visual impacts, and the scheme’s potential impacts on nearby sites of special scientific interest.

The consultation runs until 31 December 2019.

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