Hinkley Point adjoins the Bridgwater Bay (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and nature reserve, and is a popular location for birdwatching and fossil hunting. A visitors centre at the nuclear power station gives access to a nature trail which features plants, birds and butterflies.
The exposed location of Hinkley Point meant that it was considered ideal for wind generation. However, a proposal to build 12 wind turbines close to the site of the nuclear power stations was turned down in October 2005. The reason given by the local council for the rejection was safety fears over what would happen were a turbine blade to detach and hit "something or somebody".
Nuclear power stations
The landscape of Hinkley Point is dominated by two nuclear power stations:
The Government has announced its support for a third nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. Electricité de France (EDF) plan to build a twin-unit European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) power station, called Hinkley Point C, subject to electricity pricing agreement with the government. The new station, in conjunction with Sizewell C, could contribute 13% of UK electricity in the early 2020s.
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