March 2009

Safety and flood fears raise concerns over Burghfield nuclear plans

Ministry of Defence proposals to build a new nuclear weapons factory just outside Reading highlight concerns about the safety of the population around nuclear sites and would breach government guidelines on development in flood risk zones, according to NAG.

West Berkshire Council decided in early March to grant planning permission to the Ministry of Defence for construction of a new ‘main process facility’ at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire, despite fierce local opposition to the proposal.