The partnership was set up following the granting of planning permission to EDF Energy for the site preparation work needed to construct the new Hinkley Point C power station.
The permission included a Section 106 legal agreement containing a series of obligations on EDF to fund measures aimed at reducing or making up for some of the expected impacts of the project on the local area. One of these measures is an allocation to help support tourism.
Under the agreement HTAP has the following responsibilities:
Undertake regular Visitor Surveys (to better understand any issues that the project might be having on the industry and to evaluate the effects of interventions used)
Produce a Tourism Strategy and Action Plan, delivering activity to ensure that the mitigation funds are most effectively targeted to promote and market the area, whilst supporting the tourism industry with training and business support.
Establish a travel plan (to ensure that any traffic congestion issues are mitigated and do not unduly affect visitors travelling to the area)
Membership of HTAP:
Visit Somerset (formerly the Somerset Tourism Association)
Exmoor Tourism (formerly the Exmoor Tourist Association)
West Somerset Council
Sedgemoor District Council
Somerset County Council
Exmoor National Park Authority
Terms of Reference for the Partnership and notes of recent meetings can be found on this page. Past meeting minutes can be asked for on request.
Tourism Strategy & Action Plan
In consultation with the tourism industry, Tourism Officers for HTAP have now developed a five strategy and first year's supporting action plan. See Tourism Strategy & Action Plan page.
The partnership is administered by the Tourism Officers at West Somerset Council and Sedgemoor District Council. For West Somerset this is Robert Downes firstname.lastname@example.org.
The two key tourism websites for visitors wanting to find out more about what Somerset and Exmoor have to offer are: