'Significant investment' in Cumbria needed for nuclear development

The Moorside site, next to Sellafield. Credit: ITV Border

If new nuclear reactors are to be built in Cumbria, the county will need "significant additional investment" in infrastructure, according to Cumbria County Council.

Moorside has been confirmed as the site for Europe's biggest new nuclear power plant, though planning permission ultimately still rests with the Secretary of State and the Planning Inspectorate.

NuGen, the company behind the plans, says the site could provide seven percent of the UK's electricity, and bring 21,000 jobs to the region.

It's expected to cost around £10bn, but Cumbria County Council says the scale of the project means the government, and or NuGen, will need to invest heavily in local infrastructure projects, like the county's roads.

The Council Leader was speaking at a meeting of Cumbria County Council's cabinet.