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Joint Response to the Bradwell (BRB) Stage One Consultation

Published on Thursday, 2nd July 2020

Maldon District Council and Essex County Council have jointly provided feedback to the Bradwell B new nuclear power plant proposal, Stage One consultation.

Launched by BRB on 4th March, the consultation was extended to 17 weeks by the developer in light of Covid-19 and came to a close on 1 July.  MDC logo

The Government designated Bradwell on Sea as a potential site for a new nuclear power back in 2011, in an effort to support the UK’s decarbonisation target of zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The two investors, CGN and EDF Group, are proposing a two-reactor development, significantly larger than the previously decommissioned Bradwell A site. If approved and constructed, the plant will have the potential to power four million homes in the UK, generating tens of thousands of jobs, training and a skilled workforce.

In the response to the proposal both Councils acknowledge the potential suitability of the site for a new nuclear power station in line with the National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation, (EN-6, July 2011) and supports in principle the development of the power station.

Cllr Adrian Fluker, Leader of Maldon District Council, 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. ECC2

“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.

“It is important that like both Councils, the community continues to fully engage with BRB and provides comments on all future consultations. Although BRB are engaging at an early stage, we are actively considering the benefits and the impacts
that such a project could potentially bring to the district if permission is granted by the Secretary of State.”

Cllr Tony Ball, Essex County Council: “Both Councils are keen to ensure that we are able to maximise the opportunities for local businesses and that the Power Station creates local jobs for local people whilst minimising the impacts that are associated with a project of this size.

“Our joint response focusses on the impacts to the County’s roads, to the district’s landscape, environment and to the lives of residents, tourists and local businesses.

“It is important that the District benefits from a lasting legacy, which will enable improvements to transport, housing and community facilities whilst creating economic prosperity for the District and County as a whole.

“Delivering sustainable development continues to be at the heart of the planning system and an assessment of all significant economic, social and environmental impacts will be required to inform the development of the proposals.”

Notes to editor

  • BRB will be undertaking a second (statutory) consultation at a later stage. This consultation is led by BRB. All queries relating to the consultation should be directed to feedback@bradwellb.com
  • As a Nationally Strategic Infrastructure Project (NSIP) the planning decision is made by the Secretary of State and not Maldon District Council or Essex County Council
  • You can read the report and associated documents considered by Council on 23 June on our website Agenda item 10

All queries relating to the consultation must be directed to BRB:

Email: feedback@bradwellb.co.uk

Phone: 01621 451 451