Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To seek approval to the Council’s
response to NuGen’s Stage 1 consultation on its proposed
3.4GW power station at Moorside near Sellafield.
Views and comments received during the Stage 1 consultation period will be taken into account by NuGen in developing its detailed project design and proposals to support the application for a Development Consent Order to be submitted in 2017.
Cabinet considered a report from the Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services in respect of a response to stage 1 of the Strategic Issues Consultation in respect of the NuGen/Moorside Power Station, adjacent to Sellafield.
The Moorside Power Station was a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). The application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) would be considered by the Planning Inspectorate and decided by the Secretary of State. Cumbria County Council (the Council) was a statutory consultee and was classified as a “host authority”. The Council was working with NuGen through a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) to:
§ ensure that the developer provides and responds to evidence on likely impacts,
§ develop solutions for how the impacts can be avoided or mitigated,
§ maximise the legacy benefits
§ to agree the prospective terms of any Development Consent Order.
This report sought approval for the Council to respond to NuGen’s ‘Stage 1 Strategic Issues Consultation’ – a public consultation process that ran from 16th May to 25th July 2015. The consultation set out NuGen’s requirements and approach to the development of the Moorside site, search areas for Associated Development, and preliminary environmental information.
A formal response to the Stage 1 Consultation was included in Appendix 1. The views of all Local Committees potentially impacted by the Moorside project had been sought and were included in Appendix 2.
The Leader commented that the Moorside development was on an unprecedented scale which would create thousands of jobs and that he was keen to ensure a lasting legacy in terms of infrastructure and employment which lasted well beyond the construction phase. Planning needed to commence now if the maximum benefits were to be realised in terms of both employment and infrastructure including the road/rail network and the port. There would be a significant lead time and the authority should start work now with NuGen to prepare the infrastructure for the construction phase which would commence in 2020. Members raised concerns about the capacity of the organisation to cope with such large projects at a time when it was shrinking significantly and agreed this would need careful management.
The Cabinet Member Fire, Public Safety and Central Services raised the issue of parking difficulties in villages along the railway line which served Sellafield caused by workers parking in villages along the route, for example Askham and sought to ensure that this matter was considered as part of the discussions.
RESOLVED,that the Council’s response to NuGen’s Stage 1 Strategic Issues consultation on the Moorside project, included at appendix 1 to the report be approved.
Report author: Guy Kenyon
Publication date: 28/07/2015
Date of decision: 23/07/2015
Decided at meeting: 23/07/2015 - Cabinet
Effective from: 05/08/2015