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Local Plan

The Council undertook public consultation on the Proposed Submission Local Plan 2011-2032 (Regulation 19) between 30th January and 17th March 2017. When adopted, this new Local Plan will replace the current Development Plan for the District.

The consultation document set out the Local Plan that the District Council proposes to submit to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The Local Plan relates to the whole District and provides a strategy for delivering growth for Sedgemoor District up to 2032. The document provides the vision, strategic policies, development management policies and site specific allocations for delivering new homes, jobs, services, facilities and infrastructure. Responses received during the consultation period can be viewed on the Council's Online Consultation Portal.

All representations received will be submitted to the Secretary of State and considered as part of a public examination by an independent Planning Inspector.

The Proposed Submission Local Plan and the accompanying Policies Map can be downloaded below. The material is also available for inspection at Sedgemoor District Council Offices and public libraries during normal opening hours. If you are interested in viewing the Policies Map for a specific settlement identified on the settlement hierarchy please refer to the 'Key and Map Index' to identify the relevant Inset Map number. Alternatively an interactive version of the Policies Map is now also available to view here: Interactive Policies Map

pdf icon Proposed Submission Local Plan [9Mb]

pdf icon Policies Map - Key and Map Index [1023kb]

pdf icon Policies Map - District Maps [10Mb]

pdf icon Policies Map - Inset Maps 1 to 5 [7Mb]

pdf icon Policies Map - Inset Maps 6 to 13 [5Mb]

pdf icon Policies Map - Inset Maps 14 to 30 [7Mb]

pdf icon Policies Map - Inset Maps 31 to 40 [3Mb]

pdf icon Policies Map - Inset Maps 41 and 42 [2Mb]

Other Supporting Documents

The Proposed Submission Local Plan consultation is supported by a range of other documents, including a Consultation Statement, Sustainability Appraisal Report, Habitat Regulations Assessment and a Statement of Representations Procedure and Availability for Inspection:

pdf icon Consultation Statement (January 2017) [8Mb]

pdf icon Sustainability Appraisal - non-technical summary [491kb]

pdf icon Sustainability Appraisal Report [5Mb]

pdf icon Habitat Regulations Assessment (January 2017) [5Mb]

pdf icon Statement of Representations Procedure and Availability for Inspection [85kb]

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

Planning Consultation Events

In support of the consultation, a number of public drop in events were held:

04/02/2017 at Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, 10am-2pm

06/02/2017 at the Community Hall, Highbridge, 2pm-7pm

07/02/2017 at the Village Hall, Woolavington, 3pm-7pm

08/02/2017 at the Princess Theatre, Burnham-on-Sea, 3pm-7pm

09/02/2017 at St John and St Francis School, Bridgwater, 3.15pm-7pm

13/02/2017 at St Georges School, Wembdon, 2.30pm-7pm

15/02/2017 at the Village Hall, Wedmore, 3pm-7pm

16/02/2017 at the Community Centre, North Petherton, 2pm-6pm

20/02/2017 at the Town Hall, Axbridge, 3.30pm-6pm

21/02/2017 at the Village Hall, Cheddar, 2.30pm-7pm

23/02/2017 at the Village Hall, Cannington, 2pm-6pm

27/02/2017 at the Church Room, Puriton, 3pm-7pm

02/03/2017 at the Village Hall, Nether Stowey, 3pm-7pm

If you have any queries regarding the consultation process please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01278 435544 or email: ldf@sedgemoor.gov.uk.


  • 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

    In 2015 and 2016 the Council held a number of public consultation stages to inform the Proposed Submission Local Plan.

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