The Declaration of the results of the Referendum are available here Cheddar Declaration of Poll [224.08KB]
Following the successful referendum, Sedgemoor District Council now has a period of 8 weeks from the day following the date of referendum to formally make the plan. Once made the plan will form part of the Statutory Development Plan for the area and planning decisions should be made in accordance with the same, unless there are other material considerations that indicate otherwise.
Further information will be published in the Council's Decision Statement shortly.
The version of the plan that was subject to referendum is available here Cheddar NDP Referendum version [7.49MB]
A copy of the plan is also available to inspect at Sedgemoor District Council Offices, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR, during the hours of 8.45am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
The Notice of poll and situation of polling stations can be found here: Notice of poll [44.0KB]
More information on the referendum can be found here: Cheddar Notice of Referendum [38.57KB]
An Information Statement providing further information on the referendum is available here Cheddar Information Statement [257.58KB] .
A copy of the R18(2) Decision Statement is available here R18 Decision Statement [502.22KB]
A copy of the Examiners Report is available here Examiners Final Report June 2018 Cheddar NDP [221.22KB]
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:
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
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.
In light of the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruling for People Over Wind and Sweetman v Coillte Teoranta the 'test of likely significance' HRA report for the Cheddar Neighbourhood Plan has been revised to include an Appropriate Assessment of the Plan. The revised HRA report was issued to Natural England in July 2018 and they have confirmed that they support the conclusions that the Plan will not result in adverse effects on the integrity of any European sites.
The need for an Appropriate Assessment triggers the need for a Strategic Environmental Assessment, unless one of two exemptions applies and a Reg 9(1) Determination concludes that the Plan is unlikely to result in significant environmental effects. The original SEA Screening Report and the Reg 9(1) determination have been revised to acknowledge the need to consider this automatic trigger and, in summary, it is concluded that the "small area" exemption applies and, therefore, a Reg 9(1) Determination needed to be made.
The original SEA Screening Report had already concluded that a Reg 9(1) determination needed to be made (because the Plan has potential to "set the framework for future development") and the result of this determination is unchanged, therefore, the revised SEA Screening Report (provided below) has been amended merely to document the change to the route by which this conclusion was reached.