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Boundary Hall development at AWE: Inspector says no, Minister says yes

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has decided to grant planning permission for the controversial 'Boundary Hall' housing development in Tadley, ignoring advice from the independent inspector at last year's planning inquiry into the development.

Nuclear factory fire report highlights AWE safety failings

“Numerous difficulties” were experienced by agencies involved in fighting a serious fire at the Berkshire factory where Britain's nuclear warheads are made because of the security status of the site and the time of day the fire broke out, according to a fire service debrief report for the incident- which is available for download at the bottom of this article.

Emergency planning arrangements for AWE's Explosives Technology Facility

Emergency plans for the explosives technology facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston have been released into the public domain (available for download at the bottom of this article) following a series of questions from Members of Parliament.

Following the fire in the explosives area at Aldermaston on 3 August 2010 Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, enquired about the emergency arrangements which were implemented in fighting the fire.

Radioactive waste treatment facility at AWE Aldermaston two years behind schedule

Photo: Radioactive waste management facility at the US Y-12 Oak Ridge nuclear weapons plant (US Government open source)

 

Anglo-French nuclear co-operation agreement: New briefing from NIS

Under the terms of a new treaty Britain and France intend to collaborate on nuclear warhead technology for the next 50 years. The agreement, announced by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, commits the two nations to undertake a joint programme of co-operation on nuclear weapon technology at a new hydrodynamics research facility at Valduc in France and a joint Technology Development Centre at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston.

Public inquiry into AWE safety extended by four days

The Boundary Hall planning inquiry into development in the emergency planning zone at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston is to be extended by four days to allow evidence into public safety to be fully examined.

Despite heavy pressure from local MPs and councils the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is opposing a new housing development close to AWE Aldermaston.

Boundary Hall planning inquiry into AWE safety zones commences

The planning inquiry for the 'Boundary Hall' site in Tadley, close to the perimeter fence at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston commenced today in Basingstoke (12 October 2010).

1,331 voices count for nothing

 

 

 

West Berkshire Council has granted planning permission for a new hydrodynamics research facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston – despite receiving 1,331 letters of objection to the proposed development.

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