November 30, 2010
submits planning application for Hinkley Point works
Energy has this week submitted a planning application for site
preparation works which may in turn lead to the construction and
operation of a new power station at Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea.
The energy giant announced on Tuesday (November 30th) that the
application is being made now so that if planning permission is
granted for the power station itself, the necessary infrastructure
will be in place to allow construction to start as early as possible.
The application comes despite Sedgemoor District Council and
Somerset County Council both recently voicing their opposition
to the controversial scheme and raising "significant objections"
to the location, design and scale of the development.
An application is also being made shortly to the Marine Management
Organisation for a new jetty at the Hinkley Point C site.
The application to West Somerset District Council relates mainly
to earthworks to form a series of terraces to prepare for construction
should permission to construct be granted. This includes the removal
of a number of hedgerows and some woodland and grassland.
company is also seeking permission to begin drainage works, install
new fencing, re-route existing underground services, provide a
site access road and create internal roads for construction traffic.
The plans have been outlined in EDF Energy's consultations on
its proposals, which included public exhibitions and discussions
with a range of local organisations including community, environmental
and archaeological groups plus residents.
The local authority will carry out further consultations on this
application before deciding whether or not to grant consent. EDF
Energy has undertaken to reinstate the Hinkley site in the event
that main consent fails to be secured. It is possible that the
application will be decided in the Spring.
EDF Energys Director of Planning and External Affairs for
Nuclear New Build Richard Mayson said in a statement on Tuesday:
"This application marks a key stage in our project and if
consented, will be important in facilitating the construction
of the power station itself, which would supply low carbon electricity
to five million homes."
have been discussing our plans with key local stakeholders before
submitting our application. We recognise that as well as the many
benefits that a new power station will bring to the area, there
will also be an impact locally. We will ensure that any significant
adverse effects are appropriately mitigated in a way which is
environmentally responsible and sensitive both to the needs of
the community and to the strategies of the relevant local authorities."
"A key feature of these works is that they are designed
to support the timetable for the future construction of the power
station, ensuring that disruption to local communities is kept
to minimum and will support our aim of generating low carbon electricity
from our first new reactor at Hinkley Point in 2018."
The Hinkley Point site has been identified as being strategically
suitable for nuclear new build by the Government in their draft
National Policy Statement.
The site has also been the subject of a previous planning consent
for new nuclear, following a public inquiry into the suitability
of the site in 1990. The Government has advised that local authorities
can determine site preparation works application in advance of
main construction activity.