Hinkley Point C - Preliminary Works - Site Preparation Works Application

EDF (NNB Generation Company Limited) submitted a planning application to West Somerset Council on the 26th November 2010 to undertake site preparation works (3/32/10/037) in association with the company’s plans to construct two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point.

The description of development for this application is:

"The proposed development involves the following activities: site clearance (including fencing, vegetation removal, demolition of existing structures, and creation of alternative footpaths); earthworks (including soil stripping and storage, site levelling, spoil screening/storage for re-use on-site); provision of earth retaining structures; deep excavations; provision and relocation of drainage infrastructure (including culverts, outfalls, balancing ponds); the provision and operation of plant and machinery (including concrete batching); site establishment works (including layover facilities, car parks, haulage roads, site access points and roundabouts, and laying replacement and/or diversion apparatus); and other associated works, in the event that Hinkley Point C is not consented all structures would be removed and the site reinstated".

The application documentation is available to view on the Council’s website.

During the consideration of the application West Somerset Council held two public meetings during December 2010 in order to assist the local communities in their understanding of the application material.

The initial phase of consultation was extended to allow members of the public to have sufficient time to read through all the application material and due to the complexity of the information submitted. The first round of consultation concluded on the 31st January 2011.

Following the close of the initial phase of consultation Council officers considered all consultation responses. Due to a number of issues and areas of clarification, West Somerset Council took the decision to issue the applicant with a Regulation 19 request (11th March 2011). This request was made pursuant to Regulation (1) and 19(10) of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 (as amended).

The applicants on the 26th April submitted their response to the Council’s Regulation 19 request. As a result a second round of consultation was undertaken by WSC, which ultimately concluded on 31st May 2011 following an extension.

Following the close of the second round of consultation West Somerset Council Officers considered all of the relevant issues including all representation received.  As a result Officers prepared a report for the Council’s Planning Committee for its meeting on the 28th July 2011.

West Somerset Council’s Planning Committee resolved (11:1)  to grant approval with minor changes and some further informatives for the Site Preparation Works application at its meeting on 28th July 2011.

Planning permission was granted subject to recommendation including the prior completion of a Section 106 Legal Agreement to deliver a wide range of measures that are designed to minimise and mitigate the impacts of the development on the communities affected. A detailed set of planning conditions were also recommended. The conditions and terms of the agreement are set out in the report and updates. 


A detailed set of planning conditions were attached to the Decision Notice, some of which need the formal discharge of West Somerset Council.

Details of these conditions and applications to discharge them can be found on our Site Preparation Works Condition Discharge page.

Further Information

If you require further information on Hinkley Point C, please contact: planningemail@westsomerset.gov.uk

Alternatively contact the Major Projects team on 01984 635245