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Bircham Dyson Bell shortlisted for two Planning Awards

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Angus Walker

Angus Walker


Planning Magazine’s 2016 Planning and Placemaking Awards recognise excellence in professional planning work and its associated fields. This year the judging criteria focussed on entries that were likely to improve or had improved the physical and/or environmental quality of a place, the economic or social well-being of a community, in addition to category-specific requirements. Extra marks were then awarded for originality, potential for long-lasting impact, community involvement and benefit, value for money and/or financial viability. The two awards that BDB have been shortlisted for are:

  • Planning Law Firm of the Year
  • Planning for Energy Infrastructure

The shortlist was a result of the team’s work on the proposed electricity connection from the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, which was the flagship project for National Grid being the largest new electricity transmission project proposed in decades. The project is both the longest and one of the largest to have been considered under the development consent regime. The examination included months of hearings taking place and repeated rounds of written questions being posed, including a record breaking 857 written questions from the five Planning Inspectors.

Angus Walker, Head of Government and Infrastructure and Chairman of NIPA (National Infrastructure and Planning Association) commented:

‘I am delighted that we have been shortlisted for these two awards, reflecting the work of my colleagues on the Hinkley Point C connection project, the fourth nationally significant infrastructure project so far to be examined by a full panel of five inspectors.’

Winners announced 23 June.

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