Wylfa plans – from bad to worse

The London Government has deferred a decision on a planning application for the threatened Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant until the new year.

Although Hitachi announced in January 2019 that they were unable to find investors and had to withdraw from the Wylfa project a planning application has still been submitted for the site.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom was expected to approve the application from Horizon Nuclear Power for a Development Consent Order (DCO).

But Leadsom has asked for more information about the scheme’s effects – including environmental impacts – before reaching a decision.

Planning inspectors had made their recommendations to Government after spending six months scrutinising the scheme and considering the impact the threatened Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant would have on local people and the environment.

Wylfa B was the cornerstone of the Joint Local Development Plan (LDP) between Gwynedd and Anglesey Councils.

Hopefully, Anglesey and Gwynedd will now face the fact that the real world is different from the nuclear fairytales they have believed in for years.

PAWB are strongly of the opinion that a local development plans should be fashioned which offers a vision which is much more relevant to our communities, one which considers the basic changes happening in many areas, including energy.