On 19th March 2013 the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change granted a Development Consent Order to EDF Energy to build and operate Hinkley Point C and associated development. The decision follows the submission of EDF Energy's application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (now the Planning Inspectorate) on 31 October 2011.
Documents relating to the application and the decision can be found by viewing the case file on the National Infrastructure Directorate website.
EDF Energy and the China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) signed a Strategic Investment Agreement on the 21 October 2015. Under this agreement EDF Energy has a 66.5% share in Hinkley Point C while CGN has 33.5%.
On the 28 July 2016 EDF Energy’s Board of Directors approved the Final Investment Decision two build Hinkley Point C. Immediately following this decision, the UK Government launched a further review of the scheme before contacts were signed delaying a final decision until autumn 2016.
On the 29 September 2016 the UK Government, EDF Energy and CGN signed the final documents to enable the HPC project to go-ahead. Work has started and EDF Energy expect the first reactor to begin generating electricity in 2025.
As part of the Development Consent Order Taunton Deane Borough Council will receive around £750,000 from EDF Energy to help deliver additional housing within the Borough.
In addition, community based organisations in Taunton Deane can apply to receive funding from Community Funds which are held and administered by West Somerset Council. Details of the funds and how to apply can be viewed on West Somerset Council website.