The Local Plan sets out the Council's policies for managing development and the use of land across the district.
It aims to translate the Council's vision for the next twenty years into deliverable policies by seeking to boost the local economy, provide jobs and good quality housing for all, as well as help to provide for future health, education, social and energy needs. The following documents form part of the adopted and emerging Local Plan and the evidence base that underpins it.
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.
SPDs are prepared to add further detail to the policies in the Local Plan and can be used to provide further guidance for development on specific sites or on particular issues. They are not subject to an independent examination process and can be prepared quickly, but are still subject to a robust process of consultation and engagement with relevant parties including key stakeholders and the local community. This page details all Supplementary Planning Documents that have been adopted by the Council.
Planning approvals granted for residential dwellings, hotels, supermarkets and retail warehouses on or after 1st April 2015 will be liable to pay the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). CIL will also apply to building works that do not require planning approval where works commence on or after 1st April 2015.
The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the timetable for production of planning policy documents by Sedgemoor District Council over a three year period. It also sets out for the public which documents form the current Development Plan for the District.
Community involvement is a key element of the planning system. The adopted Statement of Community Involvement sets out the Council's consultation strategy in relation to community involvement in planning matters in Sedgemoor. It outlines who will be consulted and when, and how consultation will take place in the preparation of planning policy documents and in the determination of planning applications.