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Christmas and New Year in Sedgemoor

Sedgemoor District Council will remain open for business as usual during the holiday period on all days except bank holidays.

Rubbish and recycling collections will be two days later from Monday 25th to Friday 29th December, and one day later between Monday 1st to Friday 5th January. A Bank Holiday Collection leaflet from the Somerset Waste Partnership is available here: Icon for pdf Christmas & New Year Refuse Collections 2017/2018 [22.09KB]

Role and function of Sedgemoor settlements


As part of the evidence base for the Local Plan review the previous role and function evidence was reviewed in 2015.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires taking account of the different roles and character of different areas with the aim of

  • promoting the vitality of our main urban areas
  • recognising the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside
  • supporting thriving rural communities

The role and function report has therefore revised the previous matrix and includes additional criteria to allow better differentiation between rural settlements. Updated information has been received from parish and town councils whilst updated demographic data including population estimates have also been considered.

The results of the study suggest a more sophisticated settlement hierarchy based upon 5 settlement tiers. The evidence has been used to inform the Local Plan review, particularly the amended spatial strategy.

In order to be able to monitor whether the settlement hierarchy remains relevant, this evidence base is updated annually as part of the authority's monitoring report. The 2016 Update Report can be downloaded below.

Role and Function - 2016 Update [1.98MB] Role and Function of Settlements [1.44MB] Role and Function of Settlements matrix [117.35KB]