Wylfa Newydd CGIAnglesey County Council planning committee in the UK on 5 September approved Horizon Power’s plan to carry out site clearance work on the 2700MWe Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant in North Wales.

Horizon Power now plans to begin site preparation and clearance works at 738 acres of land including site establishment, soil remediation, and erection of fencing, habitat clearance and demolition works.

Anglesey regulation and economic development head Dylan J Williams said: “This is a significant planning application. The terms agreed with Horizon Nuclear Power will enable the proposed early works to proceed, whilst ensuring potential impacts are mitigated effectively.”

Greenpeace UK had opposed the plans arguing that the site clearing process has been conducted with too much haste considering the dubious nature of the project’s viability and financing. Horizon Nuclear Power plans to build two advanced boiling water reactors at Wylfa Newydd, on a site next to the existing Wylfa nuclear station, which is being decommissioned.  

Photo: The proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant