Background
Background

Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
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SN 20/1

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Dave Banks.

 

SN 20/2

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Steven Morgan declared a potential interest in the Moorside development area as a consultant/arbiter which support the Holding Company board of directors responsible for the Hinkley Point Nuclear Project.  He supports the HOLDCO board of directors under a contract through his family’s consultancy company .  The  HOLDCO Board includes EdF representatives as well as CGN, a Chinese nuclear company, but the Hinkley Point HOLDCO  is not a party to any part of the known Moorside proposals.

 

Councillor Felicity Wilson declared a non-pecuniary interest in all nuclear matters dues to having been employed in the nuclear industry.

 

SN 20/3

Minutes of the Meeting held on 19 February 2020 pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 February 2020.

 

A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.

 

On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 19 February 2020 be agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair as soon as practicable.

 

SN 20/4

Moorside Update pdf icon PDF 277 KB

Minutes:

The Nuclear Sector Development Manager provided members with an update on recent developments relating to the Moorside site, which is identified in a National Policy Statement as a site for large scale nuclear new build.

 

During the presentation, it was clarified that the NDA and Sellafield Ltd were not members of the small team established under the Cumbria LEP Clean Energy Sector Panel as stated in the agenda report.

 

Members were then updated on the Clean Energy Park vision, UK SMR, Moorside Consortium and other potential developments.

 

Questions from Members followed before a vote was then taken by way of a roll call.

 

On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-

 

RESOLVED – that

a) the update on the Moorside project be noted, and

b) both the Moorside Consortium and the UK SMR Consortium be invited to give Member Briefings to Councillors.

 

SN 20/5

The UK Government's approach to identifying a site for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for higher-activity radioactive waste. pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Minutes:

The Nuclear Projects Manager presented an update to Members on the Government’s search for a suitable site and a willing community to host a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for the disposal of the UK’s higher activity radioactive waste, as described within the Government’s Working with Communities (WwC) policy.

 

Questions from Members followed including

·        the transport infrastructure, particularly in south Copeland.

·        The possibility of proactively engaging with RWM and working groups across the borough.

 

A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.

 

On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-

 

RESOLVED – that

a) The current position in relation to the Government’s search for a suitable site and willing community to host a GDF be noted,

b) Terms of engagement be discussed with RWM, and

c) Officers be asked to develop a recommendation for the next meeting of this Board.

 

SN 20/6

NDA Strategy 4 pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Minutes:

The Nuclear Sector Development Manager provided members with a summary of the NDA’s approach to consultation on Strategy 4.

 

Members were advised that the NDA’s Strategy implements UK decommissioning and radioactive waste management policy. The NDA also has responsibility for implementing geological disposal, supply chain development and socio-economic support for local communities.

The Board were also advised that Schedule 2 of the Energy Act 2004 requires the NDA to review their Stratgey at least every five years and that the previous Strategy 3 was published in 2016 and will run to 2021.

 

A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.

 

On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-

 

RESOLVED – that

a) the summary of the NDA’s approach to consultation on Strategy 4 be noted,

b) comments on the pre-consultation information be shared with stakeholders in advance of the formal consultation, and

c) a meeting of this Board be arranged for August/September to review a draft of the Council’s response to the consultation.

 

SN 20/7

Crown Estate Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4 pdf icon PDF 149 KB

Minutes:

The Nuclear Sector Development Officer introduced the Crown Estates offshore wind leasing programme to the Board.

In particular is was stated that the Crown Estate was currently undertaking Round 4 of a leasing process for seabed, which included an area adjacent to the coastline of Cumbria.

Together with four other areas identified, it was expected that in total 7GWe would be generated for the UK by 2030.

 

It was also stated that the Planning process would consider this to be a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and a Development Consent Order would need to be prepared and examined by the Planning Inspectorate prior to a decision being made by the Secretary of State.

 

During the discussion that followed, issues were raised regarding:

·        concern at any possible visual impact, due to the proximity of the Lake District National Park, a World Heritage Site.

·        concern at the size of the wind turbines, that would be much larger than those already visible in the Irish Sea.

·        Possible Community benefits

 

A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.

 

On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-

 

RESOLVED – that:-

a) the Crown Estates offshore wind leasing programme to the Board be noted,

b) the formation of an Offshore Wind position statement on behalf of the Council, similar to the Council’s nuclear position statements be considered, and

c) the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and/or the Crown Estate to a future meeting of this Board.

 

SN 20/8

Exempt Information

The Chair to move:

That under Section 100 (a) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item on the grounds that, if they were present, there could be disclosed to them exempt information as defined in the relevant paragraphs of Schedule 12A of the Act.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a motion proposing that the remainder of the meeting be held in private.

 

A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.

 

On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-

 

RESOLVED – that the press and public be excluded for the remaining items of business in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

SN 20/9

Planning Update

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer provided the Board with an update of developments at Sellafield Limited.

 

A vote was then taken by way of a roll call.

 

On a vote of 6 For, 0 Against and 0 Abstentions, it was therefore:-

 

RESOLVED:- That the Update be noted.

 

SN 20/10

Date and Time of Next Meeting

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board will be a virtual meeting on a date to be determined by the Chair and Officers and notice will be given in the normal way.

 

 

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