Somerset council wins legal battle to stop 70 new homes near Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The Planning Inspectorate says the development would cause a nearby village to expand too quickly. A Somerset council has won a legal battle to stop new homes being built only a few miles from the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Land Allocation Ltd. applied in March 2019 for permission to build 70 homes on land to the west of Shurton Lane in the village of Stogursey, just three miles south of the power station complex. The applicant launched an appeal against Somerset West and Taunton Council in December 2019, claiming it had taken too long to make a decision on the proposals. But the Planning Inspectorate has now ruled in the council’s favour, meaning the development will not go ahead.
Somerset Live 29th April 2021 read more »
South West England’s electricity grid became 100% green at times over the past weekend, thanks to nuclear power contributions from Hinkley Point B and strong solar output. The carbon intensity of electricity, the measure of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of electricity consumed, dropped to 0g CO2/kWh on Sunday, and averaged 22g CO2/kWh over Saturday and Sunday, the lowest figure in 15 months. Over the four days between Thursday 22 April and Sunday 25 April, the region had the cleanest power in Britain, according to data from the National Grid ESO Control Room. Nuclear Industry Association chief executive Tom Greatrex said: “This performance shows that nuclear power, in partnership with renewables, is essential to reaching net-zero. To do that, we need to build new nuclear power stations urgently alongside renewable capacity. Hinkley Point C should represent just the beginning of a programme of nuclear construction to realise the net-zero vision set out in the Energy White Paper and the Ten Point Plan.
Power Technology 28th April 2021 read more »