Wylfa on hold: developers press ahead with planning bid

Developers will continue seeking planning permission for Wylfa Newydd, despite putting the project on hold.

Last month, Hitachi announced it was suspending all work on the £20 billion nuclear power plant, blaming mounting costs and a lack of investors. Funding talks with the UK Government broke down.

But the Japanese giant’s subsidary, Horizon, has confirmed it will press ahead with seeking a Development Consent Order (DCO).

Horizon said completing its work on the DCO did not change the final decision to suspend Wylfa Newydd, but it would help give the ‘best chance’ for the project if it’s restarted in the future.

A Planning Inspectorate inquiry into Horizon’s application for a consent order was still taking place when Hitachi announced it was suspending its plans for Wylfa Newydd, putting 400 jobs at risk.

Most of the 65 Horizon staff, already working on Anglesey, were set to lose their jobs upon the decision.

Anglesey Council leader, Llinos Medi, said she welcomed the decision: ”It is the right & sensible decision after the considerable time & effort which has already gone into the process.

”The council remains fully committed to playing its part in influencing & achieving the best possible outcome for Anglesey in terms of the DCO process.”

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