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Accommodation Campus - Bridgwater A

The Bridgwater A accommodation campus (Works No.4A, 4B) is to provide accommodation, recreation and amenity facilities. The campus is the subject of a Non-Material Amendment to the DCO. It is now proposed to provide accommodation for up to 986 workers.

The development is now proposed to comprise:

  • an accommodation campus, including living space for 986 occupants within 29 accommodation buildings; three sports pitches (one full size and two 5-a-side pitches) and associated changing facilities; 609 car parking spaces and bus, motorcycle and bicycle parking spaces; and an amenity building providing amongst other things administration, canteen, laundry, gymnasium and recreational facilities; and internal access roads;

  • access off the A39 (Bath Road), changes to the road markings along the A39 (Bath Road) and the stopping up of Fredrick Road;

  • a new drainage rhyne; landscaping within the site, including tree planting around the perimeter of the site; and

  • other ancillary development, including signage, fencing, lighting, CCTV and utilities.

Cannington Bypass

The Cannington bypass (Work Nos. 6A to 6J) links the existing A39 southern bypass to the C182 (Rodway). The works started in November 2014 and were completed in July 2016.

The development comprised:

  • a 1.6km single carriageway road, with a design speed of 40 miles per hour (mph), 7.3m wide with a 2.5 wide verge on the west side and a 3.5m wide cycle/footway on the east side;

  • alterations to the alignment of the existing C182 (Chads Hill), Brymore School, Park Lane, Withiel Drive and Sandy Lane;

  • ecological mitigation, in the form of an underpass and culverts;

  • earth bunds for acoustic and visual mitigation; landscaping and screen planting; surface water drainage infrastructure (including balancing ponds); and

  • other ancillary development, including signage, fencing, lighting, CCTV and utilities.

Cannington Court

This is a £multi-million national EDF Energy investment project to renovate the Grade I listed building at Cannington and is a showcase training centre for EDF Energy employees.

Cannington Court is a leading-edge residential training centre, with 50 en-suite bedrooms plus pioneering technology and smart metering and wireless internet connectivity throughout.

The finished complex is a showcase for all types of low-carbon energy. 50% of energy for Cannington Court comes from geo-thermals (8 x 200m boreholes) and also solar matting.

Cannington to Hinkley Point C Cycle Route

EDF Energy are very keen to have a safe route for cyclists to site.

A route running on or parallel to the C182 is being considered as well as an off route option via Otterhampton and Steart Marshes.

The section 106 agreement provides for a link from Bridgwater to Cannington and the Government has agreed to fund a section from Cannington to Otterhampton. Further funding opportunities are being considered to enable the project to develop further.

Cannington Park and Ride

The Cannington park and ride facility (Work Nos. 7A and 7B) will provide car parking spaces for the workforce and visitors of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) construction site, in addition to space for motorcycles, bicycles, mini-buses and buses.

The development will comprise:

  • a park and ride facility comprising two separate car parks for the workforce (132 car parking spaces) and for visitors (120 car parking spaces), motorcycle, bicycle, mini-bus and bus parking spaces; ancillary structures including bus shelters and welfare and security buildings; and internal roads;

  • a priority junction access off the A39 into the site;

  • widening of the A39 and provision of a footway between site access and the A39 (Main Road) eastern roundabout;

  • landscaping, screen planting and the provision of an earth bund for visual mitigation and spoil storage;

  • surface water drainage infrastructure (including a balancing pond); and

  • other ancillary development, including fencing, lighting, CCTV and utilities.

Combwich Wharf

The development at Combwich (Works Nos. 8A and 8B) will provide for the refurbishment and extension of the existing Combwich Wharf and an associated freight laydown facility for the storage of Abnormal Indivisible Loads (AILs) and other construction goods being delivered via Combwich Wharf before they are transferred to the Hinkley Point C (HPC) construction site. An access road will link Combwich Wharf with the existing Combwich Wharf access road; and the use of, and amendments to, the existing Combwich Wharf access road.

The development will comprise:

  • Refurbishment and extension of Combwich Wharf to allow for water-borne deliveries of Abnormal Indivisible Loads (AILs) and construction goods associated with the HPC power station. An access road would be constructed between Combwich Wharf and the Combwich Wharf access road to provide links to the freight laydown facility. This access road will cater for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) delivering general construction goods from Combwich Wharf to the freight laydown facility.

  • A freight laydown facility for the handling and storage of AILs, construction equipment and materials. This would be used for the temporary storage of equipment and goods delivered via the wharf destined for the HPC construction site. Associated welfare, administration and security buildings would support the operation of the facility. Ancillary development is also proposed, including landscaping, car parking for 50 cars/light goods vehicles, internal access roads, a flood defence bund and associated retaining wall, earth bunds for acoustic and visual mitigation and spoil storage, surface water drainage infrastructure, including four balancing ponds, fencing, lighting, CCTV and utilities.

  • Improvements to and the use of the existing Combwich Wharf private access road.

  • Minor alterations to the junction of the C182 and the private Combwich Wharf access road.

Community Impact Mitigation Fund - also known as the CIM fund

The start of Phase 2 works on May 6 2014, triggered significant planning agreement payments, known as Section 106 payments including the first tranche of the Community Impact Mitigation (CIM) Fund (£3.5m). All payments are administered and governed by West Somerset Council.

As part of the legal agreement, WSC must ensure that at least the following sums of money are used for projects promoting or improving the quality of life and/or economic, social or environmental well-being of the local communities in the following areas

· £2m in West Somerset Council's administrative area.

· £1m in Sedgemoor District Council's administrative area - particularly in Bridgwater.

· £500k in Sedgemoor District Council's administrative area - particularly in Cannington.

Application to the CIM Fund is via West Somerset's website ( West Somerset - Application to the CIM Fund), along with comprehensive criteria and information. However, it must be stressed that, in the first year (June 2nd, 2014 - May 5th 2015) only applications from the above mentioned areas will be considered. After May 2015, the geographical area widens out.

A Planning Obligation Board (POB) has been set up by West Somerset Council, which consists of two representatives each from EDF Energy, Sedgemoor District Council (Councillor Anne Fraser and Doug Bamsey) West Somerset Council and Somerset County Council. This Board meets on a bi-monthly basis to consider applications to the Fund.

The Board then assesses and make recommendations to West Somerset Council's Cabinet. £25,000 has been put aside for bids of up to £1,000, which do not have to go through the POB process, but do have to enter an Expression of Interest and then make the case for how the project mitigates for HPC impacts.

For bids over £25,000 the recommendations of Cabinet will also require West Somerset's Full Council approval.

Development Consent Order

This was triggered in November 2014 by the start of works on the Cannington bypass. Works have now fully transitioned to the DCO, following that transition taking place in June 2016 and the Final Investment Decision being made in July 2016.

Final Investment Decision (FID)

EDF Energy formally made the Final Investment Decision to deliver the plant in July 2016 with the UK Government signing legal agreements to ensure delivery in September 2016. The construction of the Project is now fully implemented

Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund

The Quantock Hills AONB is administering The Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund providing grants of up to £20,000 to local communities, farmers, landowners and individuals. The £106,000 one-off fund has been provided by EDF Energy and is part of the mitigation measures associated with the Hinkley Point C development. The first funding round was open until 7th October and projects could include tree planting, works to manage hedgerows, orchard planting or restoration, planting of wildflower meadows, management of small woodlands, willow pollarding or pond restoration. There are also opportunities for funding for restoration of heritage features, such as dry stone walls. The eligible parishes within Sedgemoor are Broomfield, Cannington, Chilton Trinity, Enmore, Fiddington, Goathurst, Nether Stowey, Otterhampton, Over Stowey, Spaxton, Stockland Bristol and Wembdon. More detailed information can be found at Quantock Hills or by phoning the Quantock Hills AONB Service on 01823 451884

Hinkley Deal

Ministers from various Government departments requested a 'Hinkley Deal' from local partners in the autumn of 2013. Submitted by the Local Enterprise Partnership last December, the Deal asked for roughly £50m across Business Support, Skills, Employability, Inward Investment, Housing and Transport. Sedgemoor District Council's Economic Development staff put many hours into writing and refining the bid.

A substantial package of was announced on June 6, reinforcing national support for the project from across several Governmental departments. Also in the package was 'in kind' support/secondment of expert staff from Government departments.

In summary, the Hinkley Deal for 2014/2015 is under the headings of Business Support; Skills; Employability; Inward Investment; Housing and Transport.

  • £150,000 for the Hinkley Supply chain Enabling Team
  • £1,700,000 for skills, awarded to Bridgwater College
  • Circa £225,000 worth of support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service
  • Specialist advisors from the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre for two days a month in Somerset to provide face to face contact with local businesses under the Fit for Nuclear (F4N) programme.
  • UK Trade and Industry (UKTI) support for inward investment related activity
  • A secondee from the Skills Funding Agency to work on development of a Hinkley Point Training Agency.
  • £200,000 from Job Centre Plus to provide employability support.
  • A further secondee to EDF's brokerage service to work with local partners.
  • Dedicated expert advice on housing, including the establishment of a Hinkley Enabling and Review Group with the Homes and Communities Agency.

On September 11, the Department of Transport reported that a further £2.5m would be invested in Sedgemoor to ensure proper infrastructure is in place before the construction.

The Railway Station at Bridgwater will get £800,000 for rail station improvements, with the emphasis on linking trains with local bus services to allow the Hinkley workforce to get to and from the power station - the funding will ensure that the critical first phase improvements to the station and access are in place in good time. These improvements link in the Bridgwater Vision's Celebration Mile project.

£295,000 for a cycle route linking Bridgwater to Hinkley Point - this will see improved cycle facilities from Cannington to Otterhampton and has been sought by local communities -it will include a cycle route separated from the roads to improve safety by providing a safe, efficient route for people wishing to get to the site by bike.

There will also be £1.6 million for roads maintenance, particularly along the C182 (road from Cannington to Hinkley Point) - this early funding will allow existing roads to be improved in advance, reducing disruption and avoiding costs to the taxpayer for preventative work further down the line

Kingsdown Community Sports Pavilion

The construction of a community building on Kingsdown, within North East Bridgwater, started during November 2013 and is now complete. The pavilion includes changing rooms, car parking, social areas and two senior and two junior football pitches.

The community pavilion and pitches, which have been funded by Hallam Land Management Limited and EDF Energy. SDC temporarily took over ownership of the building on Monday, 20th October 2014 and it is being managed and bookings taken, by YMCA Somerset Coast. Alongside the YMCA, a preliminary village hall trust has been set-up so that the group are able to start to access grant funding. This temporary group will be replaced with a representative charitable board or trust. The key outcome for YMCA Somerset Coast (alongside the management of the building and bookings) is to develop a board or trust with a proper level of community representation. The building will serve the communities of Kingsdown, half of which will be (when the development is fully completed) in the Bridgwater Without ward with the other half within the Town Council boundary.

There are also two new football pitches which are a replacement for the lost football pitches at Bridgwater Sports and Social Club. Construction of the senior pitches began in October 2013 and is now complete. Two junior pitches have also been laid out and are also now playable.

You can make a room hire or pitch booking by contacting the YMCA Somerset Coast either by calling 01278 726000 or emailing bookings@ymca-sc.org.

Park and Ride at Junction 23 of the M5

Freight Management and Courier Consolidation Facilities and Induction Centre

The development at Junction 23 (Work Nos. 9A and 9B) will provide park and ride, freight management and courier consolidation facilities and an induction centre for workers of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) construction phase.

The development will comprise:

  • a park and ride facility, including two areas for parking of 1,300 cars, with associated motorcycle, bicycle, mini-bus, van and bus parking spaces; bus terminus; and ancillary structures, including bus shelters and welfare and security buildings;

  • a freight management facility, including an area for the parking of 85 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and other vehicles; a freight checking area; associated car parking and ancillary structures, including a welfare and security building;

  • a consolidation facility for courier deliveries comprising a building with associated loading bay and parking area; and

  • a worker induction centre comprising induction space, canteen and welfare facilities; and 120 car parking spaces and motorcycle and bicycle spaces;

  • realignment of the highway arrangements off the Dunball roundabout;

  • internal access roads and a roundabout; works to River Parrett flood defences; landscaping, screen planting, ecological mitigation area and the provision of earth bunds for visual mitigation and spoil storage; surface water drainage infrastructure (including balancing ponds); and

  • other ancillary development, including fencing, lighting, CCTV and utilities.

Park and Ride at Junction 24 of the M5

The development at Junction 24 (Work Nos. 10) will provide park and ride and freight management facilities for workers of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) construction phase; and temporary courier consolidation facilities and an induction centre until those facilities at Junction 23 become available.

The development will comprise:

  • a park and ride facility, including parking of 598 cars, and motorcycle, bicycle, mini-bus, van and bus parking spaces, bus terminus; and ancillary structures, including bus shelters and welfare and security buildings;

  • a freight management facility, including an area for the parking of 140 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and other vehicles, reducing to 55 spaces once the facilities at Junction 23 become available; a freight checking area; associated car parking; and ancillary structures, including admin, welfare and security buildings;

  • a temporary consolidation facility for courier deliveries, until the facilities at Junction 23 become available;

  • a temporary worker induction centre comprising induction space, canteen and welfare facilities; and 120 car parking spaces and motorcycle and bicycle spaces, until the facilities at Junction 23 become available;

  • landscaping;

  • surface water drainage infrastructure and

  • other ancillary development, including fencing, lighting, CCTV and utilities.

Park and Ride at Williton

The Williton park and ride facility (Work Nos. 11) will provide car parking for the workforce of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) construction site, and motorcycle, bicycle and bus parking spaces. The site forms part of a wider existing lorry park, which will continue to operate (on a reduced area) whilst NNB GenCo occupies part of the site.

The development will comprise:

  • a park and ride facility, including parking for 160 cars, and motorcycle, bicycle, mini-bus and bus parking spaces; internal roads; and ancillary structures including bus shelters and welfare and security building;

  • improvements to the access off the B3190 into the site;

  • landscaping and screen planting;

  • surface water drainage infrastructure; and

  • other ancillary development, including fencing, lighting, CCTV and utilities.

For more information on the plans visit EDF - Hinkley Point C

Tourism

EDF Energy has provided funding to develop a Tourism Strategy and Action Plan, to be prepared by the Economic Development teams from the three local authorities (County, West Somerset and Sedgemoor). This focus on strategic economic development is particularly important. The funding is to be used for taking forward business and sector development projects within the tourism industry, rather than facilitating more traditional events or advice services Somerset Tourism Association are producing a website of local attractions.

State Aid decision

This looked at whether the Contract for Difference deal 'strike price' between EDF Energy and the UK government beaches 'state aid' regulations which prohibit individual governments from giving an unfair advantage to companies competing in the European market. There has been a month long consultation with other member states of the EU. A positive announcement from the EU Commission was announced on October 8th2014.

A39 Washford Cross (within West Somerset)

A permanent roundabout was installed at Washford Cross, near the Tropaquaria. These works were completed and the roundabout opened in December 2015 by EDFE.  These improvements will make the junction much safer and were included at the request of the community. 

Sandford Hill Roundabout Improvements - Sedgemoor/A39

EDF Energy installed Sandford Hill roundabout on the A39 in 2014, to replace a sharp bend where serious accidents occurred.

Further work has since been completed at the site to install new, more prominent kerbs, to make the roundabout even safer.  These works were necessary as it became apparent during the standard 12 month warranty period that follows roadwork completion that the roundabout had worn away in a manner that had not been envisaged.   EDF Energy and Somerset County Council worked together on the enhancements.  The enhancements ensure that the roundabout continues to be a major safety improvement for this section of the A39.