A new generation of nuclear power stations will be considered under a government review of energy policy, the government announced this week.

Launching a three-month public consultation on the future of Britain's energy supply, trade and industry secretary Alan Johnson confirmed the review would consider the role of nuclear power. The review will examine the implications of building nuclear power stations and the possibility of fast-tracking nuclear power stations through the planning system.

British Nuclear Fuels wants to restrict the scope of local planning inquiries, in order to fast-track delivery of power stations, with issues such as environmental impact safety and security being discussed before a local inquiry takes place.

The government says it is starting with an "open mind" about the outcome of the review, but aims to produce clear recommendations that will secure Britain's energy supply for a generation.

A review team led by energy minister Malcolm Wicks is expected to report in early summer and proposals on energy policy will be put forward next year.