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Two nuclear power stations join IPC books

Proposals for two nuclear power stations have joined 15 other projects on the books of new planning body the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

The IPC opens for business on 1 March with contentious proposals for nuclear power stations at Wylfa on Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucestershire high on the list. Both are proposed by the RWE/Eon joint venture Horizon power.

Four further projects have been confirmed this week: waste combustion plants in Bedfordshire and Merthyr Tydfil, a wind farm at Clocaenog in Denbighshire and alterations to the A556 at Knutsford in Cheshire.

IPC chairman Sir Michael Pitt said his commission would engage with parties who have an interest in any project and encourage them to work together to achieve consensus over proposals.

“We will consider the sustainability of a project, including environmental impacts, in every case.”

Sir Michael Pitt

“We will consider the sustainability of a project, including environmental impacts, in every case. Through these commitments we will ensure that we remain independent, impartial and inclusive,” he said.

The IPC now has six wind farms, four new nuclear power plants (two with accompanying connections applications), two waste combustion plants, two highway schemes and a biomass power plant on its books.

Applications will be considered against National Policy Statements, the first six of which were published late last year (NCE 12 November 2009).

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