Following the successful referendum on 20 September 2018, Sedgemoor District Council has now formally 'made' the Neighbourhood Development Plan for Burnham on Sea and Highbridge and the plan now forms part of the Statutory Development Plan for the area. Planning decisions should be made in accordance with the same, unless there are other material considerations that indicate otherwise.
The 'made' plan is available here: BoSH Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Version [4.66MB]
A copy of Sedgemoor's Decision Statement is available here Burnham on Sea and Highbridge area Decision Statement [416.57KB]
Residents eligible to vote were asked "Do you want Sedgemoor District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Burnham on Sea and Highbridge area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood areas?" There was a 17.62% turnout with 2658 votes in favour, and 358 votes against. A Declaration of the results of the Burnham on Sea and Highbridge area referendum are available here: Declaration of Count BoSH [227.74KB]
In February 2017, the Burnham and Highbridge Draft Neighbourhood Plan 2014 - 2032 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 Burnham and Highbridge Draft Neighbourhood Plan 2014 - 2032 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.
A map of the Designated Area is available to view here Map of Designated Area [554.25KB]
A copy of the Examiners Report is available here Examiners Report [423.45KB]