Magnox Electric Limited
Andrew Chadwick (Research Associate, Department of Planning)
- total grant value: £3,500
- time duration: January-March 2007
This project provided a review of socio-economic baseline conditions in the local authority districts in the immediate vicinity of the Berkeley nuclear power station site in Gloucestershire. This review was designed to provide sufficient baseline data to enable a socio-economic assessment to be undertaken into early decommissioning of the Berkeley site.
The review of the socio-economic baseline covered both the local economy (study area) and the employment and expenditure associated with the existing power station site. Specific baseline topics covered included:
- Local labour market (employment, unemployment, earnings)
- Housing market; tourist accommodation
- Local service provision
- Recent and future economic growth prospects
- Existing contribution of the site to the local economy (i.e. employment, expenditure)
The overall picture revealed by the baseline assessment was one of a relatively prosperous and fast-growing local economy. This was especially true of the South Gloucestershire part of the study area, but also to a lesser extent for the adjacent Stroud district. This is indicated by above-average rates of population and employment growth, high economic activity and employment rates, relatively low levels of unemployment, and above-average income and earnings levels. Levels of deprivation and crime are also below regional and national averages.
- Berkeley Socio-Economic Baseline Assessment, March 2007 (confidential report to Magnox Electric Limited)