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Fawley power station site sold for £25m

A former power station and it's iconic tower on the edge of the New Forest could be demolished as parts of the Fawley power station site has been sold for £25m.

The power station closed three years ago. The 300 acre plot will make way for around 1,000 homes and a new marina.

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Fawley Power Station closing after 41 years

Just in: Fawley Power Station is closing in March 2013 after 41 years. It had been due to close in 2015. During its lifetime the power station has provided electricity for millions of homes and businesses across Britain.

Fawley is opted out of the EU Large Combustion Plant Directive, aimed at reducing emissions across Europe, and was therefore required to cease generation by the end of December 2015 at the latest. Due to current market conditions the main units will now close earlier than predicted.

The closure of Fawley reflects the changing shape of power generation in the UK, with modern lower carbon power generation replacing older, less efficient power stations. The future of the site has yet to be decided.