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Plans and All That

What was now being planned was an engineering feet on such a massive scale that it would not be challenged in Wales for another 25 years when the giant steel works at Llanwern near Newport in Monmouthshire was constructed.

Planning a major project of this magnitude requires input from a multitude of sources; there is for example a need for detail from the land registry so that boundaries could be accurately set.

The site would have had to be made secure, suitably fenced, and it would have needed access roads and rail links, not only during its operation but also during construction. This would have needed securing rights of way and removing others like public footpaths. Appendix 13

There would have been compulsory purchase orders to consider, and in some cases acquisitions would have been made for the duration of the war without any compensation being offered, all within a very complex legal framework. (See Public Records Documents T161/1016 and AVIA 22/2513)

Local authorities and County Councils would have been consulted, and all this was conducted in a climate of utmost secrecy.

Detailed drainage plans would be needed before a single pile was driven into the land, temporary road, and rail plans would have to be drawn up for site construction, as would those for other services, even sewerage would need to be considered at an early stage.

The location and types of buildings that would be needed had to be planned in detail, determined by their function, the number of machines they contained, and how many workers each would have to accommodate.

An estimate would have been made on the total electrical power, gas, and water consumption needed by the site and it’s individual factories. The utility companies would need to be involved in this process so that they too could make the necessary plans to provide these services on time.

Initially, temporary offices would have been required, and local accommodation sought for the planners and contractors. In turn there would have been the need to construct more permanent site offices for the construction phase.

Contractors would have to be found for the laying down of the buildings and associate services. Fortunately, there was a large un-employed source of labour available that could be utilised during the construction phase, however, following this phase most of these able bodied men would see service in the armed services using munitions from the very factories that they had helped to construct.

All of these obstacles had to be overcome in the shortest possible time so as to start the process of replenishment of the armed services before the future conflict began.

 

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