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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]

Our Planning Process


Find out what the Council's role is in determining planning applications, how the planning process works and the Council's adopted scheme of delegation.

The documents below provide further guidance to applicants and agents regarding the planning process undertaken by Sedgemoor District Council. It provides information regarding the Development Committee where interested parties can register to speak on an application prior to its determination by the Members of the Council. Information regarding Development Committee site visits can also be obtained.

Sedgemoor District Council's role in determining an application

Most new buildings or major changes to existing buildings or to the local environment need consent - known as planning permission. Without a planning system everyone could construct buildings or use land in any way they wanted, no matter what effect this would have on other people who live and work in their area.

Sedgemoor District Council is your local planning authority and is responsible for deciding whether a development - anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre - should go ahead. Sedgemoor District Council seeks to ensure that the right development is permitted in the right location. Our Service Standards for Planning are currently being reviewed and will be available shortly.

Within its role as the Local Planning Authority, Sedgemoor District Council is responsible for determining applications for many types of development. This can be on a delegated basis, whereby a planning officer assesses a development and considers its merits prior to determination by the Group Manager (Development Management).

Alternatively, for some applications that do not fall to be considered by the Group Manager, Sedgemoor's Development Committee will determine whether permission is granted, from major scale development for housing to smaller scale development. Below you will find further information regarding the Development Committee including public speaking time at meetings and the procedure for committee site visits.

How the planning process works [107.87KB] Pre-Planning Application Advice [282.57KB] Scheme of Delegation [74.54KB] Committee public speaking time [58.54KB] Members site visits [148.99KB] Planning charges: copying, research and invoicing, and planning application fees [150.03KB] Map of Development Management Teams, Parishes and Parish reference numbers [377.92KB] Local Validation Checklist [958KB] Planning Online How to make a Planning Application Pre-Planning Application Advice Planning Enforcement Planning Portal Planning Portal - Guide to fees for Planning Applications in England