Plans have been released by EDF Energy for a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point. Over 400 people turned up for a meeting in Cannington to see the proposals after the government gave them the go-ahead to apply.
If the plant is given the go-ahead, it would completely overhaul the area which it is being constructed. As this map shows, there could be four park and rides and accomodation for over 1,000 people.
It will also see a bypass be built to link the A39 to the existing Hinkley Point road.
The plans would completely overhaul the area which is currently derelict for the most part. EDF Energy hopes much of the infrastructure they would need to put up to support the build would benefit the local community in the long run.
There has been two power stations at Hinkley - Hinkley Point A (now closed) and Point B. If Point C is given the go-ahead, EDF estimates it could provide 13% of the county's energy (along with two other plants).
It would have a big impact on the wildlife in the area. During construction, areas of the coastal path would be closed to ramblers; Natural England would have to approve the removal of badger sets and bats' vegetation would need to be protected.
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