Wednesday 17 April 2024
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Community invited to help shape West Burton fusion power site vision

An opportunity to be part of the world’s green energy future is an exciting prospect celebrated this week at an event that took place at Sturton-le-Steeple Hall near West Burton power station site in Nottinghamshire.  

A team from UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has launched a new online tool to support the development of the STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) vision for West Burton site, where the prototype fusion powerplant will be built to demonstrate net energy from fusion.

Residents and local businesses can see for the first time how UKAEA are approaching the layout of the site, which is underpinned by four key themes:

  • the environment, innovation and climate change resilience
  • health and wellbeing
  • an inclusive economy
  • identity/distinctiveness, taking into consideration culture and heritage.

The four themes are supported by eight ‘spatial principles’ which is a planning term for how the site will develop, including sustainable transport, ecology & environment, connecting with communities and clean growth & innovation.

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Dr James Cowan, STEP Director Programme Development, said: “One of the most important parts of what STEP will do is to benefit the wider region, and to achieve that, we need to focus on developing the vision specifically for STEP at the West Burton site.

“Launching our visual online tool, also accessible in other formats, provides the local community and other stakeholders with an opportunity to help inform and shape how the West Burton site should take shape.

“STEP will only be a success with the continued support of the community that it will impact most, so please do provide us with your feedback. We want to hear from you!”

The energy transition can make a real difference to individuals as well as the global climate challenge and STEP aims to do that at West Burton, creating thousands of jobs during the construction phase in addition to employment opportunities for generations to come.

Fusion energy is based on the same process that powers the Sun and stars and promises to be a safe, low carbon and sustainable part of the world’s future energy supply.

UKAEA is actively seeking views from residents and other stakeholders about how the vision for STEP at West Burton site is evolving. Visit, or request a brochure from

Feedback on ‘Developing a vision for STEP at West Burton’ must be received by 31st July 2024.

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