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Hinkley planning row talks stall

Talks between Sedgemoor District Council and energy giant EdF over a planning funding issue have this week failed to reach an agreement.

Sedgemoor is now looking at how it will “tailor” its resources after EdF offered a “fraction” of the £2M it requested to scrutinise the Hinkley Point C planning application, according to a council spokesman.

The row emerged last week over who should pay the council’s continuing work in scrutinising EdF’s application to Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) and on Monday the latest talks between the two parties failed to find a solution.

EdF said it had already voluntarily paid the council £9.8M in the past two years to enable the IPC application document to be prepared but refused to fully fund the remaining work. But Sedgemoor insisted EdF should pay for this work and was “adamant” it would not raise council taxes to fund it.

After EdF submitted its final offer of funding last week Sedgemoor decided not to raise council tax to meet the shortfall. As a result, Sedgemoor is now deciding on how best it will scrutinise EdF’s planning application has it goes through the examination stage with the IPC with much reduced funds than anticipated.

The examination stage is due to begin on 22 March.

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