The UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has approved the removal from the licence of an equivalent to about 12% of the Winfrith nuclear research and development site, which operated from the 1950s to the 1990s.
This means the land can be redeveloped, and although there are no immediate plans it is anticipated that some of the newly delicensed area may be used for the development of a local green technology park.
The site has been undergoing decommissioning since the last operating reactor shut down in 1995.
Areas of grass now cover the land where some of Winfrith’s longest running research reactors once operated.
Current plans would see the site’s final closure taking place in 2048.