Survey points to support for relaxed rules

The government should relax planning regulations to help the construction of nuclear power stations and wind farms, according to latest research.

The findings came in a poll of 1,931 adults carried out by market research firm MORI for UK energy company EDF Energy. Thirty-nine per cent agreed that planning regulations should be changed to make it easier to build nuclear power stations on the same sites as old ones.

A further 57 per cent agreed that the government should relax regulations to make it easier to build wind farms. Seventy-two per cent of respondents said they would support onshore proposals and 78 per cent would support offshore schemes.

EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said: "It is vital to maintain a diverse energy mix in the future."


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