February 8, 2011
District Council receives Hinkley Point planning award
Staff at Sedgemoor District Council were celebrating this
week after scooping a top national planning award at the Royal
Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) annual awards ceremony in London.
The District Council, plus West Somerset Council and Somerset
County Council, were short-listed from more than 120 entries to
win the RTPIs Planning Process award in recognition
of their joint work on the proposed development at Hinkley Point
The councils were presented with the award for their work on drawing
up a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA), which enables the councils
to engage effectively with local communities whilst providing
constructive and challenging feedback to developer EDF Energy.
It ensures there is transparency in the process and enables the
councils to work with local communities to help them understand
the very complex processes of this major development project,
and to ensure they are fully consulted.
The PPA also means that EDF pays for the councils to carry out
this work rather than the bill having to be picked up by
Councillor Anne Fraser, Portfolio Holder at Sedgemoor for Strategy
and Business Services, said: "This is wonderful news and
we are very pleased that the RTPI has acknowledged the hard work
and innovation put into this planning process by the three Somerset
"This is a timely award in that we hope the PPA we have
used will now allow other local authorities to adapt this national
first to support any NNB work they are engaged in."
Pictured are, from left to right, back row: Cllr Chris Morgan,
Alyn Jones, Doug Bamsey, Cllr David Hall, Andrew Goodchild. Front
row: Paula Hewitt, Claire Pearce, Cllr Anne Fraser