Britain's first new nuclear plant in a generation is on the verge of getting the go-ahead. The European Commission is said to be about to approve plans for the £16 billion project at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Under the deal, Hinkley C will be built by a French company, EDF energy, which will receive a guaranteed price for its energy for 35 years - at twice the current level.
The Deputy Prime Minister will be in Cornwall today to announce details of a £200 million investment scheme in the South West.
The money from the Growth Deals initiative will spent by local enterprise projects on schemes as wide as investment in training at the new Hinkley Point power station in Somerset and improvements to the A38.
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas will be taking part in a demonstration at Hinkley Point in Somerset today. She and other activists are campaigning against plans for a new nuclear power station at the site because of a range of safety concerns.
She is also angry that the Government has agreed to pay twice the current market price for the electricity the plant will generate.
An MEP from the South West has welcomed an EU investigation into the construction of the Hinkley Point Nuclear site in Somerset. Conservative Julie Girling says the public need to be ensured they're getting a good deal for their money.
The Commission will check whether the development conforms with EU rules. The 16 billion pound investment will create 25 thousand jobs in the local area.
The financial deal for a new nuclear power station in Somerset is to be investigated by the European Commission, in a move that could delay.
Under the deal, announced by the Prime Minister last month, Hinkley C will be built by a French company which will receive a guaranteed price for its energy for 35 years - at twice the current level. The commission will investigate whether this complies with European rules on state aid.
David Cameron has insisted that plans for the UK's first nuclear power station in a generation at Hinkley was "not a deal at any price".Read the full story ›
The Government has given the go ahead to build Britain's first new nuclear power station in a decade at Hinkley Point near Bridgwater.
Speaking today David Cameron said: "I think this is a really important day for our country, the day when we have agreed to build a new nuclear power station, I hope the first of many nuclear power stations here at Hinkley Point, Hinkley Point C."
The Prime Minister has given the go-ahead for Britain's first new nuclear reactor for a generation.
Hinkley C will become the single largest construction project in the UK, it will take ten years to deliver, and will cost billions.
Laura Makin-Isherwood has been speaking to people in the community about how they have responded to the news.
Rupert Cox from the Somerset Chamber of Commerce said at the peak of engineering, 5,500 people will be needed to work on the Hinkley Point C site.
He added, "that's nearly as many people that are on job seekers allowance at the moment in Somerset".
Campaign group Stop Hinkley has staged a protest outside EDF offices in Bridgwater against the building of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.
These time-lapse pictures from the protest group show campaigners putting up banners outside the office.