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In depth: Hinkley Point C proposals



Ruth Lovell
BBC Somerset politics reporter

Map showing Stage 1 plans
The original plans showed two possible routes for Cannington bypass. The western one has been chosen

Hinkley Point has been a feature of Somerset's coastline, about five miles north of Bridgwater and west of Burnham-on-Sea, since the 1950s.

That is when Hinkley A was built, which has now been decommissioned, followed by Hinkley B in the 1970s, which is due to close in 2016.

The owners of Hinkley Point, EDF Energy, have plans for Hinkley C, a third nuclear power station at the site, and is preparing to consult local people for a second time.

The company says the two new reactors would generate about 6% of Britain's energy needs, which is the equivalent of powering around five million homes.

EDF Energy also says Hinkley C would bring £100m a year into Somerset during its construction, employing 5,000 on site. And it would generate £40m a year during its 60-year operation, as well as 900 permanent jobs.

So what's changed since people saw the plans at the end of last year?

Stage 2 Consultations
10 July Bridgwater College
12 July North Petherton Community Hall
13 July Otterhampton Village Hall
14 July Stogursey Victory Hall
15 July The Exchange, Bridgwater
16 July, Angel Place, Bridgwater
17 July Danesfield School, Williton
19 July Princess Theatre, Burnham

Local concerns

Main concerns from first round of consultation at the end of last year were about the infrastructure outside the site affecting places like Williton, Cannington and Bridgwater.

People in Williton had been particularly concerned about lots of housing being built there for workers, but that is all going to be in Bridgwater now. Williton will still get a park-and-ride, but just a temporary one during the construction.

The main route to Hinkley Point is the A39 from Bridgwater, and there were lots of concerns about more traffic there, and also through Cannington.

Controversial bypass

In Cannington they also will not have the accommodation originally planned, but they will have a temporary park-and-ride, and - most controversially - a bypass to the west of the village.

Many wanted a new road built avoiding Cannington completely, and the western bypass is going to cut through land owned by Brymore agricultural school as well.

All the workers accommodation will now be built on two brownfield sites in Bridgwater, and on-site at Hinkley Point.

EDF energy was planning freight depots in Williton and Cannington; these will now not be going ahead. There will be freight depots at Junctions 23 and 34 of the M5, as well as at Combwich Wharf in the Bristol Channel.

The plans are available here: www.edfconsultation.info as well as at EDF Energy's Bridgwater office from 20 July to 4 October 2010.




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