Energy Review -
Nuclear Power

Any new nuclear power station will have to be proposed, developed, constructed and operated by the private sector, which will also meet decommissioning costs.

Mr. Darling said that private companies would not invest without fundamental reform of the planning process, to prevent objectors stringing out public inquiries for months on end by arguing whether nuclear power was needed.

"We will ensure that the energy companies ... are not faced with costly uncertainties and delay. Local concerns must be taken into consideration, but the right balance must be struck with the national need for our vital energy infrastructure."

The Government proposes to issue a statement highlighting the need for new power stations which will have to be balanced against local views at planning inquiries. They are likely to be built at the sites of existing nuclear power stations, which should limit planning objections.

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