Submission of Suffolk plant application 'unleashes fresh questions over future of nuclear in UK'

Reports that the submission of a planning application for a new nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast has "unleashed fresh questions over whether Britain needs more large nuclear" power schemes feature in today's media round-up.

An article in The Financial Times (subscription) says that the planning application for the Sizewell C plant, submitted last month, "has unleashed fresh questions over whether Britain needs more large nuclear plants and stirred controversy about China's role in critical UK infrastructure as diplomatic relations between the two countries cool, notably over Hong Kong".

The FT also reports that "UK house prices recorded their largest monthly drop in May since the 2008 financial crisis, marking the first of stage of a 'protracted decline', according to economists". The paper says that prices "fell by 1.7 per cent in May compared with April, down from a 0.9 per cent expansion in the previous month and marking the largest monthly drop since February 2009".

The FT also reports that a survey run by building society Nationwide found that "a third of interviewees said they thought differently about their home as a result of the pandemic, valuing the importance of a garden and more space".

Teesside Live reports that "a new roundabout and access road are to be created on one of the first sections of land to be developed at the former SSI steelworks site in Redcar after a planning application was submitted to the local council". The website says that the planning application is for the Grangetown Prairie site, a 150-acre plot of land currently being cleared and prepared for development.

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