Anglesey Council Leader, Councillor Llinos Medi, has welcomed two significant milestones in the development of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant project.
The new nuclear build took an important step towards financial certainty as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark confirmed that the UK Government is considering direct investment in the proposed project.
Another positive development saw Horizon Nuclear Power submit its application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the new power station, near Cemaes, last Friday.
The proposals feature a plant with a capacity for generating 2,700 megawatts of electricity, enough power for about five million homes, with a 60-year operational life.
Given that Wylfa Newydd is a huge energy infrastructure project of national significance, the Planning Inspectorate must give its permission to build the main power station and offsite integral developments.
Cllr Llinos Medi said, “The UK Government’s announcement yesterday and Horizon’s DCO application are both significant milestones for the Wylfa Newydd project.”
“The UK Government’s commitment to this project is hugely important. Confirmation of negotiations with Hitachi, as Horizon’s parent company, and the Japanese Government now gives us greater reassurance and increases certainty and confidence in the project.
She added: “The Wylfa Newydd project must succeed if we are to see the economic benefits for the communities in North Anglesey, wider Island and North Wales region.”
As host authority for Wylfa Newydd, the County Council’s priority is to ensure the best possible outcomes for the people and communities of Anglesey.
Economic Development and Major Projects portfolio holder, Cllr Carwyn Jones, said, “We will be one of a number of key statutory consultees during the forthcoming DCO determination process.
“Determining the application will be a long and complex process. However, we will continue to work tirelessly to scrutinise the plans for Wylfa Newydd and secure the best possible deal for local communities.”
“We remain committed to the ‘proximity principle’ and will use it in to ensure that the benefits Wylfa Newydd brings are fully exploited and impacts mitigated effectively.”
The Planning Inspectorate deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales.
In December 2017, Council Leader, Councillor Llinos Medi, Albert Owen MP and Rhun Ap Iorwerth AM vowed to work as one to ensure that local communities - first and foremost - benefit from huge infrastructure projects, such as Wylfa Newydd and the National Grid’s proposed connection project.
Their combined efforts will be guided by the ‘proximity principle’ and a commitment to delivering jobs for local people, education and training for our young people and opportunities for local businesses.
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