Horizon don't own enough land to build the site at Shepperdine!
Dear Reg,Many thanks for your email.In response to your query on the amount of land required to build the proposed new nuclear power station near Oldbury, I can confirm that the permanent operational plant and buildings we need would be within the 150 hectare site we currently have and which was largely included within the original Strategic Siting Assessment (SSA) nomination. This would include the land needed for either possible reactor design and associated cooling towers.Consistent with the SSA nomination process, we have always said that we may need more land for use during construction, or for landscaping, ecological or other mitigation measures and in fact, this is reiterated in the public scoping report we published in 2009.It’s not really valid to make a direct comparison between the Wylfa and Oldbury landholdings. Wylfa has a very different geography, geology and topography, and it is not possible to assume an identical situation for both sites in terms of the required development areas. As our studies continue at Oldbury, and we evaluate flood protection, transport options, and construction needs, further land requirements will become clearer.With regards to your question about access roads, our view, again as outlined in the scoping report, remains unchanged. We believe that the access route to the existing power station will be sufficient for the purposes of construction with some possible minor upgrading (which will need to be clarified when more information on the proposals is known). We propose a new access road connecting to our site from a point just before the entrance into the existing power station.Our full transport assessment for the project is still on–going and when completed we are committed to sharing the findings with local people ahead of any formal consultation on our proposals.I hope that this answers your queries. Please do get in touch if you need further information.Kind regards,TimTim ProudlerOldbury Planning and Consents ManagerHorizon Nuclear Power