The European Commission has given final approval for the building of a new £16 billion nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset, Vice-President Joaquin Almunia has confirmed.
Plans to build a new £16 billion nuclear power station in the UK have been given a final approval, Greenpeace has claimed.
European Commission officials are due to meet today to consider the plans for the plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset, but Greenpeace say 16 commissioners have already voted in favour.
The Government said last year that the new plant, due to be built by EDF Energy, could help reduce bills by an average of £77 a year.
But anti-nuclear campaigners expressed "extreme disappointment" at the news, with Greenpeace describing it as a "world-record sell-out" which would harm taxpayers and only benefit big energy firms.
Under the plans, the power station will begin operating in 2023.
Protesters from across the country are gathering in Somerset as part of a weekend of demonstrations against a planned nuclear power station.
Hundreds are expected to assemble in Kings Square, Bridgwater this afternoon when protesters will march through the town.