holiday park set to house scores of Hinkley workers
120 new caravan pitches are set to be built at a holiday park on
the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea for workers at Hinkley Point C power
Park Homes has submitted a planning application for a change of
use of land at Edithmead Caravan Park near Burnham's M5 junction.
It is one of the first holiday parks in the area to formally put
forward plans to bring Hinkley Point workers into the Burnham area
- an intention that has been welcomed this week.
is seeking full planning permission for 124 pitches - 74 for static
caravans and 50 for touring - for "holiday use and as accommodation
for Hinkley Point workers."
application also includes the erection of a shop and landscaping.
The firm has also submitted a plans for a temporary change of use
for two years of the caravan site to accommodate Hinkley Point workers.
Chamber of Trade spokesman said this week: "We welcome these
plans which, if approved, will bring extra people from Hinkley Point
into the Burnham-On-Sea area, boosting trade at local businesses.
Shops, restaurants and entertainment venues can all benefit - we
hope this is just the beginning of our area seeing benefits from
the Hinkley project."
1,600 workers are now on site to work on the £19.5bn Hinkley
Point C project, which is due to start producing power in 2025 although
delays were announced by EDF this week, as we reported
Point C will provide 25,000 job opportunities and 1,000 apprenticeships
with many of the jobs going to people living in Somerset, says EDF.