15. The Highland Council, and Dumfries and Galloway Council will continue to work with partners and communities to develop planning frameworks associated with the decommissioning of nuclear power stations at Dounreay and Chapelcross

dounreay1Implementation Lead(s): The Highland Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council; Site operators; Nuclear Decommissioning Authority; Scottish Enterprise; Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Locations: Caithness, Dumfries and Galloway

Further reading:
Dumfries and Galloway Council

Highland Council Dounreay Planning Framework

Environmental Mitigation: None required at national level

Ongoing Activity and Milestones:
April 24, 2015 – Dounreay Planning Framework 2 adopted by The Highland Council as statutory Supplementary Guidance

July 2015 – Dounreay Site Restoration Limited has recently used The Highland Council’s Major Applications Pre-Application Advice Service in respect of key elements of Phase 3 developments as outlined in DPF2 and the Council, with input from a number of key agencies, has provided an advice pack to DSRL to facilitate preparation of the relevant planning application(s)

Nov 2015 – EIA Scoping Opinion for Dounreay Site Restoration – Phase 3 (2018 – 2029) issued November 12,2015

June 2016 – Note that subsequent to the setting out of the accelerated timescales for decommissioning in Dounreay Planning Framework 2, the scope of the decommissioning programme was added to in 2015. It is now anticipated that the Interim End State will be achieved between 2030 and 2033

dounreay2DPF2 Consult Draft Nov 2013

The Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) is a partnership of Highlands & Islands Enterprise, The Highland Council, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Its aim is to co-ordinate and lead the public sector response to the socio-economic impacts associated with the decommissioning of the Dounreay site.

Caithness & North Sutherland Action Plan 2014-17 key priorities identified for 2014-17 are to:

  • Work with existing area businesses in the energy and business services sectors to help them diversify and grow their businesses
  • Encourage new business starts in the energy and business service sectors
  • Deliver a targeted programme of inward investment activity focussed on energy and business services-related opportunities
  • Support the delivery of key enabling infrastructure such as ports and harbours, road, rail and air transport, skills transition and digital connectivity.

Current high priority activities

  • Wick Harbour development
  • Scrabster Harbour
  • Transport including road, rail and air transport
  • National Nuclear Archive & North Highland Archive

Beyond Chapelcross Project – Year Five Report
The Beyond Chapelcross Project was set up in September 2011 after funding was secured from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Dumfries and Galloway Council to provide area specific and intensified business support in Annandale and Eskdale. The Project’s purpose has been to help boost the local economy,  which is affected by the decommissioning of the Chapelcross Nuclear Power Station. Closure of this facility will result in the loss of around £30M to local economy.

Since the start of the Project programme 250 businesses within Annandale and Eskdale have received business advice and help to grow. The support and funding provided by the Project has resulted in over 45 full time equivalent jobs being created.

The five year Project is now in its final year. Following the success of the workforce transition during the first phase of the project Dumfries & Galloway Council together with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have agreed to extending the life of the CX Project for another 5 years. This next phase of the project will concentrate on the redevelopment and reuse of the Chapelcross site. Its proximity to the M74, the Central Belt and the North of England present an ideal opportunity for economic growth in the region. The partners will be building on the adopted development framework and looking to deliver mixed-use employment on the site, eventually providing upto 3000 jobs within a development underpinned by a comprehensive place-based design code.

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