Large tracts of land at two sites owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) have been officially sanctioned as available for new development after the last remaining nuclear regulations were removed.
The land at Oldbury and Berkeley is equivalent to around 100 football pitches and can now be disposed of either by sale or for lease after the Energy Minister Lord Marland signed orders revoking the designating directions on a total of 46 hectares at the Gloucestershire sites. Each plot has already been released from the conditions of its nuclear licence, or de-licensed.
Berkeley is a decommissioning site, which ceased producing electricity in 1989, while Oldbury is still generating. Both are operated by Magnox Ltd.
NDA Head of Programme Dr Brian Burnett said: “This is a major achievement for the NDA in terms of returning these pieces of land to the market. We are extremely proud to have reached this stage which marks the culmination of a huge amount of work by Magnox Ltd and their contractors.”
At Oldbury, half of the original site has been released including one of the three silt lagoons. Last year, it was the largest single portion of land to be de-licensed in the UK and followed the submission of a detailed safety case that involved surface surveys of grounds and buildings, plus analysis of soil and sediment samples to asses the impact of operations over the past 50 years.
Part of the 35 hectares will now be used by Horizon Nuclear Power, a joint venture between E.ON and RWE, who are developing plans for a new nuclear power station on land north east of the Magnox site.
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