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Hinkley Point C


EDF Energy are building two nuclear reactors, known as Hinkley Point C, at Hinkley Point on the West Somerset Coast. These are the first nuclear reactors to be built in the UK for twenty years and once in operation, will provide low carbon electricity for six million homes over a sixty year period. This represents approximately 7% of the UK's electricity needs. Please note that the documents on this page may not comply with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.

Dillington Vision

While the project was in the early stages of design, Sedgemoor District Council, West Somerset Council (now Somerset West and Taunton Council), Somerset County Council and NNB GenCo (EDF Energy) signed a Planning Performance Agreement which embodied the collective, overarching vision for the development.  The Planning Performance Agreement can be viewed here: Icon for pdf Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) [720.26KB]  The themes in the Agreement  were refined during the planning process to form the 'Dillington Vision', a set of objectives focused on the areas of economic development; education, employment and skills; a low carbon future;  housing and community wellbeing, through which the maximum benefit from the nuclear development could be derived.  The Dillington Vision can be viewed in full here: Icon for pdf Dillington Vision [108.31KB]

Site Preparation Works

Planning consent to prepare the site at Hinkley Point for the construction of the nuclear power plant was granted by West Somerset Council (now Somerset West and Taunton Council), via the Town and Country Planning Act process, on 27th January 2012.  The application can be viewed at this link: Somerset West and Taunton Council - planning applications  quoting the reference number 3/32/10/037.  Site preparation works concluded on 16th June 2016.

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project

The construction of the nuclear power plant and the Associated Development is categorised as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).  In contrast to the Town and Country Planning Act (TCPA) planning process, in which the Local Planning Authority is the decision making body, planning applications for NSIPs are made to the Planning Inspectorate, who appoint independent  inspectors to carry out an examination.   Following the examination a recommendation is made to the Secretary of State who will ultimately decide whether to  grant or refuse permission.   If permission is granted it will take the form of a Development Consent Order (DCO).  

The DCO for the nuclear power plant and Associated Developments was granted on 19th March 2013, following an examination period during which the Council and many other organisations were consulted and engaged.  The DCO for Hinkley Point C can be viewed at this link: National Infrastructure Planning - Development Consent Order.  Local Planning Authorities, such as Sedgemoor District Council, are responsible for discharging the requirements contained within the DCO and carry out a monitoring and compliance role with regard to provisions set out in the Order.   The Council ensures legal obligations are met and that management plans, which form part of the DCO application, are implemented and updated.  The Council also has a role in change management and in enforcement.

For more information on decision making process for applications relating to Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, please follow this link: National Infrastructure Planning - process

Associated Development

Although the main site itself is located within West Somerset, its construction will be supported by a range of Associated Developments.  The Associated Developement located within the Sedgemoor District is listed below:

  • Sedgemoor Campus (accommodation), Bath Road,  Bridgwater
  • Park and Ride facilities at Cannington, Junctions 23 and 24 of the M5
  • Cannington Bypass
  • The refurbishment and extension of Combwich Wharf. 
  • Various road improvements including those at Taunton Road/Broadway, Bristol  Road/The Drove, The Drove/Wylds Road, Bristol Road/Wylds Road and the roundabout at J23 of the M5

Other sites in Sedgemoor also have a role to play but fall outside of the DCO process and are referred to as 'ancillary sites' in the Sedgemoor Local Plan.   These include Cannington Court and temporary caravan parks, for example.  Ancillary sites are subject to the TCPA processes, where relevant.

The Project's Potential

The construction project is expected to create 25,000 employment opportunities, including 1,000 apprenticeships  and to contribute £1.5 billion to the local economy. During peak construction, it is estimated that approximately one third of the labour force will be drawn from the local population but this figure will fluctuate throughout the construction period, depending on the skills required by the project.  Furthermore, EDF Energy hope to assign up to 64% of the value of construction contracts to UK companies.  The Council and its partners are working to ensure that local people have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to obtain work associated with the project and several state of the art training facilities are now in operation.  Sedgemoor is also the site of a number of commercial developments (in operation and development) which will enable the local supply chain to benefit from the opportunities associated with the nuclear development.  It is envisaged that the commercial developments, supported by a well skilled local workforce, will accelerate the move to a more dynamic and entrepreneurial low carbon economy, which will be sustainable long after the construction of the nuclear power plant.   It is a key objective of the Council to ensure a legacy from the Hinkley Point C build and the Gravity Enterprise Zone represents a commercial site with the transformational opportunities to achieve this and create an exemplar of Clean Growth. 

Section 106 Agreements

There will be a need to acquire a proportion of the labour force from outside the local area, which does have the potential to put pressure on existing accommodation, transport and service provision.  These risks were identified in the Local Impact Report (2012) which was commissioned by Sedgemoor District Council, West Somerset Council (now Somerset West and Taunton Council) and Somerset County Council.  An executive summary of the Report is available here: Icon for pdf Local Impact Report - Executive Summary [242.7KB] and the full report here: Icon for pdf Local Impact Report [5.91MB].  The risks identified by the report have been mitigated through funding provided by EDF Energy via Section 106 agreements, which enable the Council and its partners to support and implement a wide variety of projects.  The S106 agreements can be found here:

Icon for pdf DCO S106 Agreement [3.23MB] Icon for pdf Site Preparation Works Section 106 Agreement [5.62MB] Icon for pdf HGV Variation S106 Agreement [10.48MB]

Contacting EDF Energy

EDF Energy can be contacted with regard to Hinkley Point C by telephone on 0333 009 7070 or by completing the enquiry form at this link: EDF Energy - enquiry form.   A wide range of information is available on EDF Energy's Hinkley Point C website at this link: EDF Energy website (Hinkley Point C)

Further Information

Monitoring the project

Community related information

The Local Economy

Tourism

Education and Skills

Transport

Accommodation

Changes to the project

Transport Review Group

Socio-Economic Advisory Group

Monitoring the project

The Council monitors activity relating to the project in a number of ways to ensure compliance with the obligations set out in the Section 106 Agreements and the details of the Development Consent Order. Please note that the documents on this page may not comply with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.


Community related information

EDF Energy have provided funding to support community led initiatives and have enabled a level of public access to the sports pitches at their Accommodation Campuses. Members of the public are welcome to comment on applications made by EDF Energy to discharge requirements and Parish and Town Councils are represented on Forums organised by EDF Energy. Please note that the documents on this page may not comply with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.


The Local Economy

The Council is providing support for businesses within the District to help them capitalise on the opportunities the Hinkley Point C development provides. Enhancements have also been made to Bridgwater town centre to increase its appeal as a shopping destination. Planning permission has been granted for a number of commercial developments that will help to encourage a thriving local supply chain for the nuclear development and will facilitate movement towards a high value, knowledge based economy beyond the construction of Hinkley Point C. Please note that the documents on this page may not comply with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.


Tourism

EDF Energy have provided funding to help mitigate any negative impacts on tourism that may arise as a result of construction associated with Hinkley Point C and maximise the opportunities created. The Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership was established to oversee the delivery of these funds. The Partnership takes a strategic approach to developing and strengthening the tourism industry in Somerset and Exmoor, maximising the potential benefits arising from the nuclear development and improving the industry's long-term sustainability. Please note that the documents on this page may not comply with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.


Education and Skills

The Council and its partners have established an employment and skills centre to bring together a range of organisations to help local people find employment. The Council has also granted planning permission for a number of training facilities to ensure that local people are able to acquire the necessary skills for employment related to Hinkley Point C. Please note that the documents on this page may not comply with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.


Transport

Consideration has been given to the ways in which the potential impact of traffic associated with the Hinkley Point C development can be minimised. These include the construction of park and ride facilities, the creation of Cannington bypass, the construction of an aggregate jetty on site and the extension of Combwich Wharf. Rules are in place to regulate HGV (heavy goods vehicle) deliveries to site, a designated bus service has helped to reduce the proportion of the workforce using the car to travel to work and sustainable transport is being promoted. Please note that the documents on this page may not comply with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.


Accommodation

The Hinkley Point C workforce is estimated to be 5,600 at the peak of construction activity and about one third of the workforce population at this time is expected to be drawn from the local population (although the proportion of local labour will vary throughout the project, depending on the type of skills required). There will therefore be a need to draw in workers from outside the area, who will require accommodation. The Accommodation Strategy predicts demand, potential spare capacity and the location of demand, distributed across a broad area. However in reality, the majority of demand has been in Sedgemoor, in close proximity to the main bus routes and the main site. The Strategy makes assumptions about the number of people who will move into the private rented sector and tourism accommodation, those that will buy houses and those who will rent a spare room from local people (latent accommodation).


Changes to the project

The evidence, plans and proposals underpinning the DCO date back, in some cases, to 2010. As the project has developed, changes to the original DCO and associated processes, have been necessary. Please note that the documents on this page may not comply with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.


Environmental Monitoring

The Council has a statutory duty to monitor air quality within the District to ensure that it does not exceed standards set by the Government. In addition, EDF were required to submit a noise and vibration monitoring strategy to Sedgemoor District Council and West Somerset Council (now Somerset West and Taunton Council) for approval. Ecological mitigation and monitoring plans have been submitted by EDF and approved by the Councils with regard to specific Associated Development sites. Please note that the documents on this page may not comply with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.


Transport Review Group

The purpose of the Transport Review Group is to review the HPC Travel Plan and HPC Traffic Management reports (which are produced by EDF) and any other relevant information. The Group makes recommendations to improve the implementation of the HPC Construction Workforce Travel Plan and the HPC Construction Traffic Management Plan, where appropriate. Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, Somerset County Council, Highways England and EDF Energy are represented at the meetings, which are held quarterly. Please note that the documents on this page may not comply with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.


Socio-Economic Advisory Group

The Socio-Economic Advisory Group monitors a set of core indicators (relating to accommodation, tourism, the supply chain, health and community safety) which are reported to government, stakeholders and investors. The Group meets quarterly and representatives from Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, North Somerset Council, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, the Primary Care Trust and EDF Energy attend. Please note that the documents on this page may not comply with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.


HPC Workforce Uplift - Topic Papers

Hinkley Point C - Topic Papers issued assessing workforce uplift.