As the Chief Planning Officer and Assistant Director for Inward Investment and Growth at Sedgemoor District Council, Claire is responsible for major projects, economic development, planning strategy, infrastructure and development management.  With a reputation for positive planning, investors enjoy a collaborative working model under Claire’s leadership.

Current priorities are ensuring Sedgemoor remains at the forefront of planning reform, maintaining the highest performance nationally, whilst continuing to deliver new jobs, homes and infrastructure. The role involves Hinkley Point C (HPC), taking an overview of implementation and compliance; ensuring a positive legacy consistent with the Council’s vision and long-term ambitions to transform ‘place’, and inspire communities.

Building on capacity and capability generated through HPC, the mobilisation of the Enterprise Zone within the M5 corridor (J.23) will be a key strategic opportunity to showcase the delivery of the Government’s Industrial Strategy - specifically energy enabled clean growth, creating a unique UK proposition for foreign direct investment at the centre of the South West.

Claire previously worked for Somerset County Council and prior to that in a number of private and public sector roles across the South East, which involved strategic planning, economic development, large scale mixed use schemes and major transport infrastructure projects.

Claire Pearce



Claire Pearce,

Chief Planning Officer  & Assistant Director for Inward Investment & Growth, Sedgemoor District Council

Claire pearce