The 10-week programme finished on 25th July after 26 consultation events and more than 1,700 visitors had their say on NuGen’s plans for delivering Moorside Power Station – which could provide up to seven per cent of the UK’s electricity requirements.
The stage-one, or strategic issues consultation covered broad locations and search areas for associated developments, and the approaches NuGen will take in delivering the largest private investment West Cumbria has ever seen.
Fergus McMorrow, NuGen’s planning lead in Cumbria, said: “We have had a fantastic response to our consultation. The numbers of people through the doors, and those logging-on to use the online portal, has surpassed all our expectations.
“It’s not just the sheer number of visitors that’s impressed us, but their level of interest and engagement. For example, we’ve had lots of people come back to see us on several occasions to find out more information or to give us greater in-depth feedback. I’d like to thank everyone who has taken their time to come and see us and to have their say, they’ve made the last 10 weeks very informative and enjoyable.”
One of the last events, held at Sellafield Site, took place straight after the announcement that a land contract had been signed with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, confirming the Moorside site as suitable to build three AP1000® reactors capable of generating 3.4GW of low-carbon electricity.
NuGen will now begin to collate and process all the feedback received during the consultation and will take all the responses into account when developing its proposals. These proposals will form the basis of the second stage consultation which is scheduled to start in May 2016.