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NDA leap forward with archive plans

Plans to build a nuclear archive on the outskirts of Wick, which are several years in the making, are expected to receive approval next week when they are considered by members of the Highland Council’s north planning applications committee.

Planning officials have recommended that the proposals be approved by members, subject to a list of conditions covering landscaping, drainage and transport.

The distinctive triangle-shaped centre will house millions of documents telling the story of the UK nuclear industry.

The items will include archives about the history of Caithness and the story of Dounreay.

Around 30 new jobs are expected to be created at the £20million facility planned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

“The new archive in Wick will provide long term management and secure storage of the records, as NDA sites go through decommissioning,” an NDA spokeswoman said.

“The NDA is creating the archive in Wick as a secure and appropriate archive for storing and managing records from all the civil nuclear sites in the UK including Dounreay, Sellafield and all the Magnox sites.”

She added that a commercial partner, including expert archivists, would be appointed to manage the facility and the records.

A contractor will be appointed to build the facility later this month and the building is due to be completed in late 2016.