The Maldon District hosted this year’s New Nuclear Local Authority Group (NNLAG) Special Interest Group (SIG) Annual Conference.
The conference was held at Crowne Plaza Resort Five Lakes in the Maldon District, on 13 March 2018 and attracted a record number of delegates from across the country. It was a significant event for the Maldon District; as proposals progress for a new reactor at Bradwell it is vital the Maldon District is part of the national discussion.
The primary aim of the New Nuclear Local Authority Group (NNLAG) is to share knowledge, information and best practice regarding new nuclear, and to provide a mechanism for local authorities, as elected representatives of local areas, to discuss and make representations direct to Government regarding the development of new nuclear and of nuclear-related connection/transmission projects.
The conference was opened by the NNLAG Chairman, Councillor Geoff Holdcroft, Deputy Leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council who said, “This forum provided an excellent opportunity to get the key players together to iron out areas of concern between us, to make sure we get the best possible deal for our communities and the country as a whole, as we move towards building the next generation of nuclear power stations. I would like to express my thanks to Maldon District Council and the Leader, Cllr Mark Durham for hosting this year’s conference.”
Councillor Simon Walsh, Cabinet Member for Waste and Environment, Essex County Council said, “The potential development of Bradwell B is very significant for the Maldon District, the wider county of Essex and the East of England. There is already a strong relationship with our neighbours hosting the build of Sizewell C. It is important we learn lessons about nuclear power proposals to ensure we are able to get the best for our businesses and all residents.”
Councillor Mark Durham, Leader of Maldon District Council said, “The NNLAG conference provides the best way to share knowledge and experiences of authorities around the country to ensure we get the best deal for our District and to spread prosperity across the County. We are pleased to welcome record numbers of representatives to this year’s NNLAG conference from across the country and hear from our colleagues in government.”
The group heard updates from Hinkley Point, Moorside, Oldbury, Sizewell and Wylfa sites. As well as hearing from Stephen Speed, Director, Civil Nuclear and Resilience Directorate, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and John Devine, Department for International Trade, who both reiterated the importance of working together.
EDF Energy and CGN, who are preparing proposals for a new nuclear station in Bradwell, also attended the conference.
Zhu Minhong, CEO Bradwell B, said, “I am delighted to have been invited to this year’s NNLAG Annual Conference. It is incredibly positive to see how local authorities are working together across the country. Just as the Hinkley, Sizewell and Bradwell projects are all closely connected it is entirely right that the local authorities should learn from one another too. Such an approach can help improve the delivery of our projects.”
Jim Crawford, Project Director Sizewell C and Deputy CEO Bradwell B said, “The proposed Bradwell B nuclear power station is in the very early stages. Before our plans can be developed we are undertaking investigative works to better understand the site. After several years, and following detailed public consultation, we plan to apply for development consent to the UK Planning Inspectorate. In parallel to these early investigations at the site we are also progressing the assessment of the reactor we would like to develop at Bradwell. This process, known as the Generic Design Assessment is independently controlled by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency and is intended to ensure that designs for proposed reactor technology in the UK meet safety, security, environmental protection and waste management standards. The four-step process started in January last year and is expected to take around five years to complete.”
The conference concluded with a delegate visit to the potential Bradwell B site.