The first stage of public consultation on proposals for a new nuclear power station at Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex – Bradwell B – has been announced
The consultation will start on Wednesday 4th March 2020, running for 12 weeks until 27th May 2020. It will include 15 public exhibition events and these will be your first chance to review the proposals, engage with the team behind it, and provide feedback. An exhibition showing the plans will take place in Brightlingsea on Tuesday, March 24th from 2pm to 8pm.
The aim is to submit an application for development consent in a few years time with public consultations taking place in the interim.
The Bradwell B consultation team has released the following information:
About the project
The Bradwell B site was designated by the government in 2011 as being potentially suitable for Nuclear New Build. In the past couple of years, we have been undertaking extensive surveys, along with ground and marine investigations to give us a detailed understanding of what can be achieved at the site. Although still early days, we want to share our initial proposals with you now so that there is plenty of time to shape them together.
Our initial proposals are for a twin reactor power station, able to generate enough low carbon electricity to power around 4 million homes. Thousands of jobs will be created during construction, whilst the operating power station will provide hundreds of jobs for at least 60 years. Supporting skills and education programmes in the local area will be key to allowing local people to take advantage of these opportunities.
The local and regional economy will also benefit, with significant opportunities for the local supply chain.
The need for Bradwell B
The UK urgently needs new investment in energy infrastructure to replace old, fossil fuel-based electricity generation sources. Since 2010, 26 power stations have closed, which equates to 20% of the UK’s generation capacity. By the end of the decade, a further 35% of existing generation capacity will close, and so decisive action must be taken now.
Whilst solar, wind and other renewable energy sources will play an important part in meeting the government’s goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, nuclear energy will be vital in meeting the National Grid’s baseline energy needs.
How to get involved
When the consultation launches on 4th March 2020, you will be able to find out more information about the project and give feedback by:
The deadline for responding to our Stage 1 consultation is 11.59pm on Wednesday 27th May 2020. After this date, we will collate the feedback received and use this to shape our proposals before further consultation in the years to come.
If you have any questions about our emerging proposals, please do get in touch:
Phone: 01621 451 451