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Planning Advice


Information on making a planning application, our planning process, how to appeal a planning decision and more.

Commenting on a Planning Application

Members of the public have the right to comment on most types of planning applications.


Planning Duty Officer

The Planning Duty Officer service can assist you to with any problems you may face before submitting an application or planning general advice, including current planning applications.


Our Planning Process

Find out what the Council's role is in determining planning applications, how the planning process works and the Council's adopted scheme of delegation.


Pre-Planning Application Advice

Sedgemoor District Council is proactive in encouraging pre-application discussions.


Appeal against a decision

If an application for planning permission is refused, or if it is granted with conditions, an appeal can be made to the Secretary of State against the decision, or the conditions, under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.


Planning Permission and Building Regulations

For many types of building work, both planning permission and building regulations approval will be needed and will need to be applied for separately. There are instances where building work will require buildings regulations approval, but planning permission may not be. Similarly there will be occasions when building regulations approval is not needed but planning permission is.


Planning Application Validation

We want to help you submit applications with all the information we need to assess them. If an application is not submitted with the required information it will not be valid and we will not be able to process it.


Biodiversity Checklist

This checklist has been produced to assist developers and their agents to assess if a Wildlife/Ecology Survey is required as part of a planning application.


Trees on development sites

Trees and hedgerows are important for their intrinsic beauty, their contribution to the landscape or towns cape, screening eyesores or softening the appearance of new development and their value for wildlife.


Wildlife Assessment Check

The Wildlife Assessment Check is a free online tool from The Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning.


Planning Aid England

Planning Aid England (PAE) provides free, independent, professional planning advice and support to help individuals and communities engage with the planning system.


Telecommunications Development

Mobile phones are part of everyday life for many people. As the demand for network coverage increases, so does the need for more masts. The siting of masts is often a contentious matter and generates a great deal of public interest.

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