Sedgemoor District Council has now received the final Examiners report on the Cheddar Neighbourhood Development Plan. The Examiners report recommends that subject to the modifications contained within the report, that the NDP should proceed to a referendum, the referendum area being the parish of Cheddar.
A copy of the Examiners Report is available here Examiners Final Report June 2018 Cheddar NDP [221.22KB]
A copy of the R18(2) Decision Statement is available here R18 Decision Statement [502.22KB]
The next stage is for a referendum to be held on the NDP. This will ask voters the question, "Do you want Sedgemoor District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Cheddar to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?". The date on which the referendum will take place is on Thursday 30th August 2018, and an Information Statement providing further information is available here Cheddar Information Statement [257.58KB] .
The Cheddar Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) was submitted for examination in August 2017. The Independent Examiner, Timothy Jones, Barrister, FCIArb was appointed. On reviewing the content of the plan, Mr Jones decided to hold a public hearing to ensure adequate examination of specific issues. In accordance with the general rule for neighbourhood plans all other issues relating to the plan were considered through the written representations that were submitted during the submission consultation.
The hearing was held on 12th January 2018 at the Lecture Room, Cheddar Caves, Cheddar Gorge, Cliff Road, Cheddar, BS27 3QF at 10.00am, and focused on the adequacy and appropriateness of land allocated for housing and policies EE3 and LEH2).
Following on from the public hearing held on the 12th January the Independent Examiner has requested additional information from the participants:
The version of the NDP that will be subject to referendum is available here Cheddar NDP Referendum version [7.49MB]
A copy of the draft plan, that was subject to Examination can be viewed here Cheddar Neighbourhood Plan [7.34MB] and further details and supporting evidence is available from the Cheddar Neighbourhood Plan website which can be accessed here Cheddar Neighbour Plan
The draft plan is also available to inspect at our office at, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR, during the hours of 8.45am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Any correspondence regarding the Examination itself should be directed to the Programme Officer using the following contact details:
Post: Local Plan Programme Officer, Sedgemoor District Council, C/O Chief Executive Department, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3AR
Telephone: 01278 435361
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|Turley - hearing statement relating to the Local Plan examination|
|Gladman - hearing statement|
The Cheddar Neighbourhood Plan was formally submitted to Sedgemoor District Council in June 2017. A formal 6-week public consultation period was held between 13th July 2017 and 25th August 2017.
In November 2016, the Cheddar Draft Neighbourhood Plan 2011 - 2027 was submitted to Sedgemoor District Council for assessment to determine whether it is likely to have significant environmental effects. The draft plan was screened in accordance with Part II of The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 to determine whether SEA was necessary, in consultation with the statutory environmental bodies. Separately, it was screened in accordance with the Habitat Regulations to determine whether Appropriate Assessment was necessary. Sedgemoor District Council has determined that the Cheddar Draft Neighbourhood Plan 2011 - 2027 is not likely to have significant environmental effects and that an environmental assessment is not required in respect of the draft plan. The Determination under Regulation 9(1) and the accompanying Statement is available as a PDF download below, although should a hard copy be required please contact the Planning Policy team using the contact details below