The Public Inquiry fixed for a six-day Hearing in February at West Berkshire Council Offices in Newbury on the Banger Racing Site Planning Application opposite AWE Aldermaston's A90 complex has been withdrawn. No reason is given in the notice to West Berks. Council who received a two-line official letter today from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
This withdrawal is not surprising given the proximity of the site to AWE Aldermaston. The prospect of an inquiry into building a housing estate only a few yards from Aldermaston's nuclear warhead production line would put AWE in the public eye at a time when the Prime Minister is trying to push through his controversial plan to replace Trident.