Category Archives: Hinkley C Development

Community Impact Mitigation (CIM) Fund

We asked you as a parish what you wanted to see in your Parish with the money allocated by the Community Impact Mitigation Fund.

Take a look at what you suggested!

You are invited to an open day on Saturday 27th June 2015 from 10am-2.00pm in Otterhampton Village Hall which will look at feasible projects, skills, volunteers and an idea of potential project costs.  This will be our opportunity to view the ideas, add to the ideas and identify how and who can take the most popular and feasible ideas forward.  (Refreshments will be provided)

A39 roadworks

You may have seen the news about possible road closures in the Mercury recently.  I contacted Somerset CC for clarification and have had the following statement…

A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “We would like to confirm that the A39 Bridgwater to Cannington road is not closing. Improvements are planned which will see a new roundabout built at Sandford Hill Corner, but the only road closure proposals relate to Sandford Hill and Charlynch Lane. While construction takes place there will be temporary traffic lights and speed restrictions along the A39.

“Once the new roundabout is finished it will be a permanent improvement to a key road, making it safer and better for all road users. It represents the first step of some considerable investment in the area by EDF Energy in connection with the Hinkley Point C project, and we’re pleased that work is soon to begin on improving this stretch of road.”

Hinkley C – ‘Strike Price’ Agreed

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has today announced that it has reached agreement with developer, EDF, to pay them £92.50 for every megawatt hour Hinkley Point C generates (The key terms include a “Strike Price” of £89.50 /MWh fully indexed to the Consumer Price Index. This price benefits from an upfront reduction of £3/MWh built in on the assumption that the developer would be able to share the first of a kind costs of the EPR reactors across the HPC and Sizewell C sites. If the EDF Group does not take a final investment decision on Sizewell C, the Strike Price for HPC would be £92.50/MWh).

The full announcement can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/initial-agreement-reached-on-new-nuclear-power-station-at-hinkley

With the agreement of the strike price and the go ahead for the power station, the community benefit package will now go ahead. The Department for Energy and Climate Change announced on 17 July that local communities around Hinkley Point C compensated at a rate of £1,000 per Megawatt for the entire operation of the plant. With Hinkley Point C expected to be in operation for 40 years, this could amount to £128 million in funding. The full announcement by the Department for Energy and Climate Change can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/community-benefits-for-sites-that-host-new-nuclear-power-stations-michael-fallon.

(SDC press statement)

EDF Decision Announced Today

The Secretary of State Ed Davey today confirmed consent for the construction of Hinkley Point ‘C’ on 19th March 2013. Both the Planning Inspectorate who spent six months examining the proposals and especially the Department of Energy and Climate Change seemed to see an expanded Combwich Wharf and the Combwich lay-down area as an important part of the proposal.

It is disappointing that the strongly argued case by many local residents and the Parish Council against some of the Combwich proposals was rejected. However work will continue to help protect residents from disturbance as far as possible. It is to be hoped that the local EDF Energy management will  appreciate the benefits of working with our community by minimising noise and disruption.

A full assessment of the Combwich consents will be posted when the details have been assimilated.

The consent documents can be viewed at http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/south-west/hinkley-point-c-new-nuclear-power-station/?ipcsection=overview

EDF Update

The representations on EDF’s proposals for Combwich made by the Otterhampton Parish Council (OPC) and others to the Planning Inspectorate (formerly the IPC) have finally come to an end. OPC have submitted a huge amount of written evidence and attended many meetings and hearings. We now have to await the outcome.

The Planning Inspectorate will make their recommendations to the Secretary of State at the end of December and the Secretary of State is expected to announce his decision on the 28th March 2013.

The parish council would like to thank everyone for their support and patience during this difficult and lengthy process.