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On 1st August 2017, the Council submitted the proposed Submission Local Plan and supporting documents to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for independent examination.

The formal notice of submission, including where the documents can be inspected, is available to view below:

Icon for pdf Sedgemoor Local Plan - Formal Notice of submission [270.29KB]

The Council has setup a dedicated Sedgemoor Local Plan Examination web page which will be updated regularly as the examination progresses. Please refer to this more information.    

Local Plan Submission documents

The submission documentation includes those listed below.

Icon for pdf Proposed Submission Local Plan [9.17MB]

Icon for pdf Policies Map - Key and Map Index [1023.06KB]

Icon for pdf Policies Map - District Maps [10.6MB]

Icon for pdf Policies Map - Inset Maps 1 to 5 [7.46MB]

Icon for pdf Policies Map - Inset Maps 1 to 5 [7.46MB]

Icon for pdf Policies Map - Inset Maps 6 to 13 [5.64MB]

Icon for pdf Policies Map - Inset Maps 14 to 30 [7.7MB]

Icon for pdf Policies Map - Inset Maps 31 to 40 [3.28MB]

Icon for pdf Policies Map - Inset Maps 41 and 42 [2.54MB]

Sustainability Appraisal

Habitats Regulations Assessment

Icon for pdf Suggested Modifications July 2017 Main Document [5.32MB]

Icon for pdf Suggested Modifications July 2017 Maps App4 Part 1 [13.85MB]

Icon for pdf Suggested Modifications July 2017 Maps App4 Part 2 [14.64MB]

Icon for pdf Reg 22 Consultation Statement [8.91MB]

Icon for pdf Duty to Cooperate Statement [1.83MB]

Icon for pdf PAS legal compliance checklist_Sedgemoor_July 2017 [677.64KB]

Icon for pdf PAS soundness checklist_Sedgemoor_July 2017 [816.32KB]

Icon for pdf Local Plan: Equalities Impact Assessment [1.31MB]

Icon for pdf Local Plan: Health Impact Assessment [1.37MB]

All representations made during the previous consultation on the Proposed Submission Local Plan (Regulation 19) have also been submitted to the Secretary of State. These can be viewed on the Council's Online Consultation Portal.

The Local Plan has also been informed by a wide range of evidence base studies. Supporting evidence base studies can be viewed in the Evidence Base documents section of the Council's website.

Locations of Documents for Inspection

Hard copies of the Proposed Submission Local Plan, Policies Maps, Regulation 22 Consultation Statement and Sustainability Appraisal Report will be made available for inspection at the Council Offices and libraries listed below during normal opening hours.

  • Council Offices - Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR
  • Bridgwater Library, Binford Place, Bridgwater, TA6 3LF
  • Burnham-on-Sea Library, 1 Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1EH
  • Cheddar Library, Union Street, Cheddar, BS27 3NB
  • Highbridge Library, Alpha House, Market Street, Highbridge, TA9 3BP
  • North Petherton Library, Quantock House, Fore Street, North Petherton, TA6 6TN
  • Nether Stowey Library, Castle Street, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1LN

Hardcopies of the other submission documents can also be made available for inspection at the Council Offices upon request.

Next Steps

The Local Plan will now be subject to an independent examination which will be conducted by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State. The examination is a continuous process running from the submission through to receipt of the Inspector's report. Part of the process will involve public examination hearings where those invited to attend by the Planning Inspector will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the inspector. Once the programme for examination of the plan is confirmed, including the dates of the public examination hearings, details will be made available on this website.

A Programme Officer(s) has been appointed to assist the Planning Inspector. All future correspondence relating to the examination should be addressed to the Programme Officer using the following contact details:

Post: Local Plan Programme Officer, Sedgemoor District Council, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3AR

Email: Programme.Officer@sedgemoor.gov.uk

Telephone: 01278 435361


Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is a systematic process, aimed at appraising the social, environmental and economic effects of plans, strategies and policies and ensuring that they accord with the objectives of sustainable development. SA is required by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and incorporates Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as required by the SEA Directive.


Habitats Regulations Assessment

A Habitats Regulations Assessment is required for a plan or project that, either alone or in combination with other plans or projects, is likely to have a significant effect on the integrity of an international site, and that is not directly connected with the management of the site.


Previous Local Plan Consultation Stages

From 2015 to 2016 the Council held a number of consultation stages to inform preparation of the Local Plan. From January to March 2017 the Council consulted on the version of the Local Plan they intended to submit to the Secretary of State for examination.

LDF Newsletter Issues 28 - January 2017 [561.31KB] Online Consultation Portal