Our experience shows that a higher proportion of workers than initially expected are local enough to stay in their own homes – at around 40%.
This reduces the need for temporary lodgings and reduces the pressure on local accommodation. However, we do understand that some people may still move into the area to be closer to Hinkley Point C.
The £7.5 million Hinkley Point C housing fund provided to the Local Authorities is successfully helping to increase the amount of accommodation available for the workforce and increase the pool of affordable homes for local people and families. The Local Authorities expect to deliver more than 4,000 new bed spaces into the local area, far more than our workers are expected to use.
In addition, our own Campus sites provide 1,500 rooms. Coupled with growing capacity in the private rental sector, we are confident that there will be enough space to accommodate the new workforce.
We recognise that the communities closest to the Hinkley Point C site continue to prove popular with the workforce. To address any localised impacts on the housing market we will make an additional payment to the Local Authorities to help deliver additional housing initiatives.
Find out more about Hinkley Point C’s Accommodation Fund
Evidence suggests that fewer workers than expected are bringing their families with them and using local schools. Our on-site health centre is continuing to help reduce any pressure on health services and its capacity will be increased as the workforce grows.