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Hinkley Point hits planning application snag

EdF Energy’s attempts to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point have run into trouble, with two local councils objecting to its proposals.

Stage two of its public consultation for the plant ended last week with Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council still objecting to parts of the proposal.

Somerset said EdF’s traffic management plans for the construction phase of the project still “lack depth” and called on the energy giant carry out a more detailed study.

EdF’s transport plan goes against local opinion by ruling out construction of a bypass around Bridgwater. It proposes instead a much shorter bypass of nearby Cannington (NCE 13 July 2010).

Somerset’s group manager for energy Alyn Jones warned that if there was no agreement about the traffic management proposals there could be gaps in EdF’s submission to the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

Sedgemoor District Council has objected to plans for a jetty at the site.

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