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£300 million spending programme to allow construction of new Trident submarines at Barrow

The Ministry of Defence has announced a £300 million upgrade programme for the BAE Systems shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness to allow construction of new 'Successor' class Trident replacement submarines.

West Berkshire Council gives go-ahead for development within AWE Burghfield emergency zone

Despite policies against allowing residential development within the detailed emergency planning zone of Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites, West Berkshire Council have given planning permission for conversion of a car showroom into six homes at a site  within the AWE Burghfield emergency zone.

AWE Burghfield planning permission conditional on HSE approval

West Berkshire Council's Eastern Area Planning Committee has agreed to renew planning permission for a Conventional Manufacturing Facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield – but only on condition that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirms that it has no objections to the development on nuclear safety grounds in the light of the Fukushima nuclear accident.

AWE Burghfield planning application resubmitted

The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has submitted a planning application to West Berkshire Council to extend the time limit for construction of a new conventional manufacturing rationalisation (CMR) facility at AWE Burghfield.

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.

Investment spending at AWE rockets to £1 billion per year

Hidden amongst the small print of parliamentary minutiae and issued during the summer recess, the Ministry of Defence has released a Ministerial Statement announcing how much money will be spent at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) on investment and upgrade work over the next three years.



AWE Burghfield Planning Application for a Dis/Assembly facility to be decided. WBC Planning Committee Meeting 6.30pm Wednesday 4th March 2009, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, Berks. See Planning Officer's Report

1000 comments on new Nuclear warhead facility

Some 1,000 comments have been lodged over a plan to modernise a nuclear warhead facility in Berkshire. Many people raised concerns over flooding at the proposed new facility at the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment. BBC 20th Feb 2009

Objection to MoD Planning Application: 08/02287/COMIND

The requirement for AWE to improve the safety of its warhead disassembly bunkers is not disputed. In 2007 NIS published ‘How Safe is AWE Burghfield?’ a report based on FoI disclosures documenting the safety failures of the existing ‘Gravel Gertie’ (GG) facilities and addressing the dilemma in which the MoD found itself. In 2006 and 2007 the HSE Nuclear Inspectorate (NI) pressed AWE to close the facility until essential safety improvements could be carried out. The MoD refused on ‘national security‘ grounds.