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Power of public opposition


Strong public opinion on nuclear power means that gaining planning permission will be one of the biggest hurdles the government and developers will have to jump if nuclear is to be part of the UK's energy mix.

Additional anning resources and restrictions on inquiry timescales could streamline this process.

'Public inquiries have the capacity to run and run.

If the government made a national policy that each application was site specific and would only consider local issues this would save lots of time as every inquiry goes over and over the wider issues of where nuclear power sits in the energy mix, ' said Dagnall.

Objections to specific sites will also have to be dealt with. 'It took considerable effort to fence off and remove protesters from first generation sites and this issue will have to be faced again, ' said Anderson.

'Staff levels in planning departments are too low and minimum time frames are always exceeded. This will also be a big issue, ' he added.

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