AWE timetable for new building project plans announced on 26th June

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AWE Burghfield: Finance



Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the cost of AWE Burghfield’s operations in 2007-08 was apportioned in the Defence budget. [212332]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The full costs of the Atomic Weapons Establishment are funded from the Defence budget. For 2007-08, most of those costs were apportioned through Defence Equipment and Support, with a small proportion allocated through the Central Top Level Budget for Ministry of Defence police activities.

AWE Burghfield: Floods

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2138W, on AWE Burghfield: floods, whether a flood protection strategy has been developed for the Burghfield site; and whether hydraulic modelling has been conducted for the site. [213569]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: A flood protection strategy is being implemented at the AWE Burghfield site and a hydraulic model of the catchment area of AWE Burghfield, both upstream and downstream, has been prepared. The model will be used for analysis and simulation of future design options and for the preparation of detailed designs.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date a flood risk assessment for the proposed new Conventional Manufacturing Rationalisation Facility at AWE Burghfield was submitted to the local planning authority. [213570]
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: A flood risk assessment for the Conventional Manufacturing Facility was sent to West Berkshire Council planning authority with the planning application on 22 May 2008, and can be viewed on their planning application website:
http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=08/00954/COMIND

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies have been conducted by his Department to establish whether the proposed major housing development at Kennet Valley Park would have implications for (a) flood protection and (b) safety requirements at AWE Burghfield. [213571]
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: MOD is aware of this proposed housing development and it has been taken into account in the flood protection strategy for AWE Burghfield.
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As with any planning application submitted to the local planning authority, key stakeholders such as the Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive will be consulted by the council before a final decision is made. The local planning authority's response will take account of all relevant elements of the area's existing land usage, including the proximity of AWE Burghfield, and any flood protection and safety requirements.

AWE Burghfield: Planning Permission
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a site development strategy for AWE Burghfield has been (a) prepared and (b) submitted to the local planning authority. [213573]
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: A Site Development Context Plan was created in 2005 and represents the site development strategy for both the AWE Aldermaston and Burghfield sites from 2005 to 2015. The original Site Development Context Plan was submitted to the West Berkshire council planning authority in November 2005. An update of the plan was sent on 22 May 2008 and is available on the West Berkshire Planning Application website:
http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=08/00954/COMIND

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AWE Burghfield: Planning Permission
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South of 5 January 2008, Official Report, column 1061W, on AWE Burghfield, what the timetable is for submission of all proposed planning applications at (a) AWE Burghfield and (b) AWE Aldermaston. [213572]
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The following table represents the latest programme position for the submission of planning applications for AWE Aldermaston and Burghfield as included in the Site Development Context Plan 2005-15, updated in April 2008.

[AWE Plans 2008 - 2010 and beyond]
*Project Site Timing of planning application*
Conventional Manufacturing Facility Burghfield With West Berkshire planning authority
Assembly/Disassembly Facility Burghfield Last quarter of 2008
Enriched Uranium Facility Aldermaston Early 2009
Hydrodynamics Facility Main and Support Building Aldermaston Mid 2009
Systems Engineering Facility Aldermaston Beyond 2010, but not yet determined(1)
Small Scale Formulations Aldermaston (1)—
Chemical Processing Burghfield (1)—
Emergency Response Capability Facility Training Extension Burghfield (1)—
Combined Non Metallurgy and Material Science Burghfield (1)—
High Performance Computer Aldermaston (1)—
New Office Accommodation Phase 3 Aldermaston (1)—
Landscaping Aldermaston Planning permission not required(2)
Landscaping Aldermaston and Burghfield (2)—