County councillors in Cumbria have said they will oppose plans to build a nuclear power station on greenbelt land close to the existing Sellafield site.
They said the site at Braystones and Kirksanton was not viable as they were not convinced the benefits of development would outweigh the costs.
The Government hopes to fast track the construction of new plants so some can be producing energy as early as 2018.
Sellafield is clearly the preferred site in the county to build one of the next generation of nuclear power stations, said Tony Markley, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member responsible for economic regeneration.
“There’s a compelling argument there in terms of job creation and tapping into the existing nuclear skills base in the community in West Cumbria,” said Hansford.
“At this stage, we’re minded not to support any plans to build nuclear power stations in Kirksanton or Braystones - the impact on local communities and the landscape outweighs the potential benefits. Sellafield has always been the nuclear hub of Cumbria and the industry should remain focused on that site.”