The Royal Town Planning Institute, in response to Business Secretary, John Hutton's announcement today of the plan to build new nuclear power stations, has criticised the way Government has introduced the policy. The announcement highlights exactly how not to approach national policy setting. Government has failed in their duty to properly consult with communities who will be directly affected. They have also failed to demonstrate alternative options and why nuclear is the most effective way forward.
Robert Upton, RTPI Secretary General said: \"This is not how to set national policy. Government have failed in their duty to have an open and honest consultation on all the options. They have failed to engage with communities.
\"Government must learn their lesson from this shambles when it comes to setting future national policy statements as outlined in the Planning Bill currently making its way through Parliament.\"
Last year Greenpeace took the Government to the high court accusing them of not undertaking effective statutory consultation. The judge ruled in favour of Greenpeace saying the consultation process had been, \"seriously flawed\" and \"procedurally unfair\". In response, then Prime Minister Tony Blair suggested the consultation process will change but the policy will not.
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