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Hinkley Point nuclear power station 'approved'

Plans to build a new £16 billion nuclear power station in the UK have been given a final approval, Greenpeace has claimed.

Hinkley Point in Somerset will be the site for a new nuclear power station in the UK. Credit: PA Wire

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.

Protests over Hinkley nuclear power station

Protesters have set up camp close to Hinkley Point Credit: ITV news

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.