Draft National Policy statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure Contents


54.Overall, the draft NPS is fit for purpose and contains adequate level of guidance and details needed for the developer, the Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary of State to put forward and make recommendations on development consent orders. We welcome the fact that the NPS and the separate but relevant ‘Working With Communities’ policy incorporate some of the key lessons from previous unsuccessful attempts to find a suitable location for a GDI. Provided that the Government takes into account our recommendations aimed at improving the engagement of and benefits to prospective host communities, we support the case for the final NPS to be brought before Parliament for approval.

55.With these recommendations in mind, we are satisfied that this NPS provides the right level of guidance to the decision-maker on the type of GDI that will be suitable for England’s legacy and future higher activity radioactive waste.

Published: 31 July 2018