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In depth: Hinkley Point C proposals

Proposed nuclear development site
If the power's approved, 4,000 workers would be based at Hinkley

Four thousand workers would be based at Hinkley Point if plans for a new nuclear reactor are given the go-ahead.

Around 2,400 of these would be brought into Somerset from across the world, of which about 700 would be housed in a temporary village on the site itself.

This would mean homes and facilities, for example a medical centre and canteen, would need to be built.

The plans also features proposals to build accommodation in Cannington, Willerton and Bridgwater.

Nigel Nee from EDF Energy, the company behind the proposals, said the new accommodation could be used in the future as a care home and the buildings in Cannington could be of value to Bridgwater College.

EDF say they would build accommodation at locations which have been identified by local authorities as suitable for development and would make use of existing accommodation in the nearby villages.

700-bed temporary campus and other amenities (restaurants, leisure facilities etc) at Hinkley Point C
200-bed campus and amenities near Cannington to the south of the village and adjacent to the A39
Accommodation at Cannington College for up to 120 workers
Accommodation near Williton on the A39 for up to 200 workers, with the potential for long term residential use
Accommodation in Bridgwater for up to 500 workers, with the potential for subsequent use as a hotel

Pauline Sutton, who runs the Gurney Manor Mill Guesthouse in Cannington, said the trade would be a "lovely boost".

"It'll be good for the other B & B's and hotels, self catering in the area, people who rent houses out - they'll benefit from it."

She said people were buying property in the area to take advantage of the potential business.

"There are concerns with the locals who aren't in business but for the shops and restaurants and pubs it'll be great," she added.

Rupert Cox, chief executive of Into Somerset (an inward investment company which encourages business within the county), said: "I think it's good news for Somerset and it's good news for our economy.

"It's a lot of work for Somerset businesses and it's a lot of work for people who are coming in to fill that gap because it is a huge, huge contract.

"Of course there are going to be local concerns, but that nuclear power station has been there since 1965; the plans EDF are showing show new link roads around Cannington, they show new bus routes, show where they want workers to live that doesn't clog up Cannington and the surrounding villages and the view is it'll happen.

"When the building work is done, a thousand high quality, high skilled nuclear energy jobs will remain in Somerset for 60 years."

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