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Hinkley Point planning application to be heard this month

West Somerset Council has confirmed it will meet at the end of this month to consider EDF Energy’s application for planning permission for site preparation works at Hinkley Point.

The council has received more than 500 submissions from its two rounds of public consultation and will draw up a summary of those submissions in a report to the planning committee on 18 July.

A Kier/BAM Nuttall/URS team has already been awarded the £4 million site preparation works contract and is believed to have won the race for a £100m earthworks contract at the site.

EDF Energy will have to apply to the Infrastructure Planning Commission for a development consent order to develop the plant, but can progress with site preparation works should it receive planning permission from West Somerset Council.

EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said he expected the firm to apply for the DCO in the Autumn following the anticipated publication in September of chief nuclear inspector Dr Mike Weightman’s final report on the implications of the Fukushima disaster for the UK nuclear industry.

The site preparation works application was originally due to be decided in February but has been delayed due to requests for further information and council elections.

The site preparation works includes site clearance, earthworks, earth retaining structures, deep excavations, drainage infrastructure and operation of plant and machinery.

The site establishment work would include layover facilities, car parks, haulage roads, site access points and roundabouts.

The planning committee meeting will start at 10am on Thursday, 28 July.

People wishing to register to request to speak at the Planning Committee meeting must contact the council by noon on July 25 by calling 01643 703704. 

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