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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:33 am on 9th September 2010.

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Photo of Ian Liddell-Grainger Ian Liddell-Grainger Conservative, Bridgwater and West Somerset 11:33 am, 9th September 2010

My hon. Friend is aware that one of the biggest infrastructure projects in this country-the Hinkley Point nuclear power station-is about to begin in my constituency. However, there is an anomaly in planning legislation, namely the Government's ability to help us on planning gain for local communities. We are on phase 2 of the discussions at the moment, and my worry is that unless that is sorted out, when every major infrastructure in this country goes before the Infrastructure Planning Commission, local communities will say, "We don't want this project because of the anomaly in getting money for the local area."

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Jim Butterworth
Posted on 10 Sep 2010 4:14 pm (Report this annotation)


Exactly right. In view of the length of the project, families are likely to move into the Watchet/Williton area and make use of our swimming pool in Watchet.

If there is any planning gain to be achieved by this huge construction site then I feel West Somerset should receive support to help it cope with the influx.

We have a major (to us) project under way at the moment and we are hoping to benefit by planning gain resulting from this West Somerset project.

Best wishes from Jim Butterworth