Lake District nuclear rebuff applauded

The Campaign for National Parks (CNP) has welcomed the recent announcement by Energy Secretary Chris Huhne that two proposed nuclear power stations close to the Lake District National Park would not be going ahead.

A statement issued by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, regarding the government response to consultation on the draft Energy National Policy Statements (NPSs), confirmed that "Braystones and Kirksanton in Cumbria have been found to be not suitable for the deployment of new nuclear power stations by 2025, due to concerns over whether they were credible for deployment by 2025 and the potential impact that they could have on the Lake District National Park".

Ruth Chambers, CNP head of policy, said: "We commend the government on its ruling that Kirksanton and Braystones are not suitable for nuclear power stations.

"Had they gone ahead they would have had a massive impact on the Lake District National Park, not only through their bulk and industrial nature, but also because of lines of pylons that would have had to be built to transport the electricity to centers of population.

"The choice of greenfield sites on the doorstep of one our best known and most iconic landscapes made no sense in environmental or economic terms and we are delighted that this threat has been removed."

However, the organisation has cautioned that grid connections for the proposed nuclear power stations at Wylfa and Sellafield could threaten the Snowdonia and Lake District National Parks.

Chambers added: "We welcome the publication today of the government's proposed national energy policy statements for re-consultation and will be making the case for these to clarify that grid connections to new nuclear power stations must be considered at the earliest opportunity so that their potential impacts can be considered fully and all options explored.

"In the case of Wylfa and Sellafield, that must include a serious look at undergrounding and offshore submarine cables so that harmful impacts on the national parks can be avoided."

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