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Sedgemoor Local Plan Examination


Sedgemoor District Council has submitted the Sedgemoor Proposed Submission Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 1st August 2017 for examination.

The Secretary of State has appointed Inspector Susan Heywood BSc (Hons) MCD MRTPI from the Planning Inspectorate to carry out an independent Examination of the Sedgemoor Local Plan. She will consider whether or not the Local Plan is 'sound', based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework. Inspector Sue Heywood has taken over the examination from Inspector Andrew Seaman.

The Local Plan will be considered 'sound' if the Inspector concludes that it is:

  • Positively prepared, meaning that the plan is prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements. This includes unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
     
  • Justified, meaning that the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
     
  • Effective, meaning that the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
     
  • Consistent with national policy, meaning that the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the framework

The Inspector will also consider whether the Local Plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate and whether it meets the requisite legal and procedural requirements. In order to do so, the Inspector will assess the Local Plan, the evidence base on which it was created, as well as all of the representations submitted during the consultation phases.

Notice of Submission

The formal notice of submission, including where the documents can be inspected, is available to view below:

Icon for pdf Sedgemoor Local Plan - Formal Notice of submission [270.29KB]

The examination is a continuous process running from the submission through to receipt of the Inspector's report. Part of the process will involve public examination hearings where those invited to attend by the Planning Inspector will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the inspector. Once the programme for examination is confirmed, including the dates of the public examination hearings, details will be made available on this page.

Local Plan (2011-2032) - Submission Documents

The file below can be used to view and download the various submission documents (including supporting documents and evidence base studies) that were submitted to the Secretary of State on 1st August 2017:

Icon for pdf Sedgemoor Local Plan - Submission Document List [464.09KB]

Local Plan (2011-2032) - Examination Documents

ReferenceTitle of DocumentLink to Document
EX1Inspector's Procedural Letter 25.8.17 Icon for pdf EX1 Inspector's Procedural Letter to Council 25.8.17 [128.51KB]
EX2Letter from Cheddar Parish Council to Mr Seaman 30.8.17 Icon for pdf EX2 Letter from Cheddar Parish Council to Mr Seaman 30.8.17 [586.99KB]
EX2Response Letter to Cheddar Parish Council 5.09.17 Icon for pdf EX2 Response Letter to Cheddar Parish Council 5.09.17 [202.74KB]
EX3Inspector's Letter to Council Preliminary Questions Sept 17 Icon for pdf EX3 Inspector's Letter to Council Preliminary Questions Sept 17 [129.92KB]
EX4Introductory Letter from the Programme Officer 3.10.17 Icon for pdf EX4 Introductory Letter from the Programme Officer 3.10.17 [184.79KB]
EX5Inspector's Letter to Council HRA & European Site Questions 3.10.17 Icon for pdf EX5 Inspectors letter to Council HRA & European site questions 3.10.17 [115.26KB]
EX6Response letter to Inspector 13.10.17 Icon for pdf EX6 Response letter to Inspector 13.10.17 [579.44KB]
EX7Proposed Submission Local Plan Tracked Changes September 2017 Icon for pdf EX7 Proposed Submission Local Plan Tracked Changes September 2017 [6.41MB]
EX8Suggested Main Modification and Additional Changes Icon for pdf EX8 Suggested Main Modification and Additional Changes October 2017 [5.36MB]
EX9Duty to Co-operate Engagement Additional Information October 2017 Icon for pdf EX9 Duty to Co-operate Engagement Additional Information October 2017 [305.29KB]
EX10West Of England Joint Spatial Plan Icon for pdf EX10 West of England Joint Spatial Plan [1.76MB]
EX11SDC Annual Monitoring Report 2015/2016 Icon for pdf EX11 SDC Annual Monitoring Report 2015/2016 [1.58MB]
EX12Hinkley Point C Annual Monitoring Report Icon for pdf EX12 Hinkley Point C Annual Monitoring Report 2016 [728.86KB]
EX13Invite to Hearings Letter 23.10.17 Icon for pdf EX13 Invite to Hearings Letter 23.10.17 [135.87KB]
EX14Matters Issues and Questions Oct 2017 Icon for pdf EX14 Matters Issues and Questions Oct 2017 [214.17KB]
EX15Inspector's Guidance Notes Icon for pdf EX15 Inspector's Guidance Notes [153.84KB]
EX16Draft Hearings Programme Icon for pdf EX16 Draft Hearings Programme [237.74KB]
EX17Appearance Form 23.10.17 Icon for pdf EX17 Appearance Form [129.35KB]
EX18Notification of Hearings Icon for pdf EX18 Notification of Hearings [7.28KB]
EX19Hearing Programme Letter 23.11.17 Icon for pdf EX19 Hearing Programme Letter 23.11.17 [182.64KB]
EX20Sedgemoor District Local Plan Hearing Programme 23.11.17 Icon for pdf EX20 Sedgemoor District Local Plan Hearing Programme 23.11.17 [270.77KB]
EX21Opening Session Agenda Icon for pdf EX21 Opening session agenda [94.97KB]
EX22Agenda Matter 1 Icon for pdf EX22 Agenda Matter 1 v2 [168.53KB]
EX23Agenda Matter 2 Icon for pdf EX23 Agenda Matter 2 v3 [221.66KB]
EX24Agenda Matter 3 Icon for pdf EX24 Agenda Matter 3 - Housing Need [167.97KB]
EX25Agenda Matter 4 Icon for pdf EX25 Agenda Matter 4 - Economy v1.docx [160.43KB]
EX26Agenda Matter 7 Icon for pdf EX26 Agenda Matter 7 - Gypsies and Travellers v1 [155.05KB]
EX27Inspector's Letter to Council - 5 Year Housing Land Supply Evidence 5.12.17 Icon for pdf EX27 Inspector's Letter to Council 5 Year Housing Land Supply Evidence 5.12.17 [115.47KB]
EX28Sedgemoor Local Plan Hearing Programme 11.12.17 Icon for pdf EX28 Sedgemoor Local Plan Hearing Programme 11.12.17 [268.48KB]
EX29Mendip District Council's - Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) Icon for pdf EX29 SOCG - Mendip District Council [813.88KB]
EX30South Somerset District Council - Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) Icon for pdf EX30 SOCG - South Somerset [205.29KB]
EX31Taunton Deane & West Somerset Council - Statement of Common Ground (SoCG)     Icon for pdf EX31 SOCG - Taunton Deane & West Somerset Council [95.12KB]
EX32North Somerset Council - Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) Icon for pdf EX32 SOCG - North Somerset Council [215.7KB]
EX33Natural England - Statement of Common Ground (SoCG)     Icon for pdf EX33 SOCG - Natural England [396.46KB]
EX34Environment Agency - Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) Icon for pdf EX34 Environment Agency - SOCG [121.79KB]
EX35Matter 3 Addendum SHMA References Icon for pdf EX35 Matter 3 Addendum SHMA references [213.48KB]
EX36Additional Information - Plans from Mr Britton Icon for pdf EX36 Additional Information - Plans from Mr Britton [480.84KB]
EX37Updated Habitat Regulations Assessment - October 2017 Icon for pdf EX37 Updated Habitat Regulation Assessment October 2017 [5.46MB]
EX38Consistency between SHMA and ELR - additional points from the Council 13.12.17 Icon for pdf EX38 Consistency between SHMA and ELR - additionl points from the Council 13.12.17 [406.83KB]
EX39Council Actions from Hearing Matters 1, 7, 2, 3 Icon for pdf EX39 Council Actions from Hearings Matters 1-7-2-3 [275.45KB]
EX40Bridgwater Vision Icon for pdf EX40 Bridgwater Vision [12.38MB]
EX41Letter from Axbridge Town Council - Sedgemoor Local Plan 15.12.17 Icon for pdf EX41 Letter from Axbridge Town Council - Sedgemoor Local Plan 15.12.17 [135.14KB]
EX42Response to Axbridge Town Council - Sedgemoor Local Plan 4.01.18 Icon for pdf EX42 RB_VB_Addtional_Information_Response_040118 [263.4KB]
EX43Letter from Alan Wells - Sedgemoor Local Plan Axbridge 14.12.17 Icon for pdf EX43 Letter from Alan Wells - Sedgemoor Local Plan Axbridge 14.12.17 [129.38KB]
EX44Response to Alan wells - Sedgemoor Local Plan Axbridge 4.01.18 Icon for pdf EX44 RB_AW_Additional_Information_Response_040118 [263.49KB]
EX45Final 5 Year Housing Land Supply Report Jan 2018 Icon for pdf EX45 FINAL 5 year housing land supply report Jan 2018 as published [1.26MB]
EX46Sedgemoor Local Plan Housing Trajectory - December 2017 Icon for pdf EX46 Sedgemoor Local Plan Housing Trajectory - December 2017 [538.22KB]
EX46aEmail to participants of Matter 6 - Housing Land Supply Report and Housing Trajectory 4.1.18 Icon for pdf EX46a Email to participants of Matter 6 - Housing Land Supply Report and Housing Trajectory 4.1.18 [213.78KB]
EX47Site Allocation Factsheets Provided by SDC to the Inspector Icon for pdf EX47 Site Allocation Factsheets Provided by SDC to the Inspector [3.42MB]
EX48Correspondence Exchange Between the Inspector and the Council Regarding Statement of Common Ground Icon for pdf EX48 Correspondence Exchange Between the Inspector and Council Regarding Statement of Common Ground [46.86KB]
EX49Correspondence Exchange Between the Inspector and Persimmon Homes Severn Valley Regarding NP1 & NP2 Icon for pdf EX49 Correspondence Exchange Between the Inspector and Persimmon Homes Severn Valley Regarding NP1 & NP2 [565.47KB]
EX50Correspondence from the Inspesctor to the Council Regading March & April 2018 Hearing Dates Icon for pdf EX50 Correspondence From the Inspector to the Council Regarding March & April 2018 Hearing Dates [21.45KB]
EX51Hearing Programme Week 2 Circulated 8.01.18 Icon for pdf EX51 Hearing Programme Week 2 Circulated 8.01.18 [221.83KB]
EX52Agenda Matter 5 B3 Icon for pdf EX52 Agenda Matter 5 B3 [182.26KB]
EX53Agenda Matter 5 B4 Icon for pdf EX53 Agenda Matter 5 B4 [178.31KB]
EX54Agenda Matter 5 B5 Icon for pdf EX54 Agenda Matter 5 B5 [181.22KB]
EX55Agenda Matter 5 B6 Icon for pdf EX55 Agenda Matter 5 B6 [179.82KB]
EX56Agenda Matter 5 BH2 Icon for pdf EX56 Agenda Matter 5 BH2 [176.08KB]
EX57Agenda Matter 5 BH3 Icon for pdf EX57 Agenda Matter 5 BH3 [178.93KB]
EX58Agenda Matter 5 C1 Icon for pdf EX58 Agenda Matter 5 C1 [175.85KB]
EX59Agenda Matter 5 C2 Icon for pdf EX59 Agenda Matter 5 C2 [176.68KB]
EX60Agenda Matter 5 C3 Icon for pdf EX60 Agenda Matter 5 C3 [179.02KB]
EX61Agenda Matter 5 NP1 Icon for pdf EX61 Agenda Matter 5 NP1 [177.38KB]
EX62Agenda Matter 5 NP2 Icon for pdf EX62 Agenda Matter 5 NP2 [174.0KB]
EX63Letter from Paul Fineran 9.01.18 Icon for pdf EX63 Letter from Paul Fineran 9.01.18 [49.0KB]
EX64Response to Paul Fineran 9.01.18 Icon for pdf EX64 Response to Paul Fineran 9.01.18 [264.34KB]
EX65Running order for Matter 5 BH2 and BH3 17th January 2018 Icon for pdf EX65 Running Order for Matter 5 BH2 & BH3 Session 17th January 2018 [22.51KB]
EX66Historic England - Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) Icon for pdf EX66 SOCG - Historic England [282.82KB]
EX67Housing Supply Hearing Session - email from the Inspector to the Council 12.01.18 Icon for pdf EX67 Housing Supply Hearing Session - Email to the Council from the Inspector 12.01.18 [237.75KB]
EX68Highways England Update 12.01.18 Icon for pdf EX68 Sedgemoor Local Plan - Highways England Update 12th January 2018 [63.04KB]
EX69Letter from Sedgemoor District Council to the Inspector - Addressing matters from week 1 hearing sessions 12.1.18 Icon for pdf EX69 Letter from Sedgemoor District Council to the Inspector - Addressing actions from week 1 hearing session [452.85KB]
EX70Wessex Water - Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) Icon for pdf EX70 SOCG - Wessex Water [122.31KB]
EX71Cokerhurst Farm Appeal report 23rd August 2012 Icon for pdf EX71 Cokerhurst Farm Appeal [678.65KB]
EX72Hearing Programme Week 3 Circulated 15.01.18 Icon for pdf EX72 Hearing Programme Week 3 Cirulated 15.01.18 [219.06KB]
EX73Agenda Matter 5 Employment Site Allocations Icon for pdf EX73 Agenda Matter 5 Employment Site Allocations [163.98KB]
EX74Agenda Matter 6 Housing Supply and Delivery Icon for pdf EX74 Agenda Matter 6 Housing Supply and Delivery [175.68KB]
EX75SDC Local Plan Examination Attendance Sheets for Week 1 Icon for pdf EX75 SDC Local Plan Examination Attendance Sheets for Week 1 [180.22KB]
EX76Letter to Helen Phillips - additional information 18.1.18 Icon for pdf EX76 Letter to Helen Phillips - Additional Information 18.01.18 [255.0KB]
EX77Letter to Cllr Revan's - additional information 18.1.18 Icon for pdf EX77 Letter to Cllr Revans - Additional Information 18.01.18 [255.01KB]
EX78Letter to Mr Chamber's - additional information 18.1.18 Icon for pdf EX78 Letter to Mr Chambers -Additional Information16.01.18 [263.26KB]
EX79Matter 6 Supplementary Statement from Hannick Homes Icon for pdf EX79 Matter 6 Supplementary Statement - Hannick Homes [389.42KB]
EX80Matter 6 Supplementary Statement from Mrs Baker and Mr Dodgson Icon for pdf EX80 Matter 6 Supplementary Statement - Mr Dodgson and Mrs Baker [228.46KB]
EX81Matter 6 Supplementary Statement from Persimmon Homes Severn Valley Icon for pdf EX81 Matter 6 Supplementary Statement - Persimmon Homes [158.97KB]
EX82Matter 6 Supplementary Statement from Mr Dodgson Icon for pdf EX82 Matter 6 Supplememtary Statement - Mr Dodgson [281.66KB]
EX83Email to Matter 6 participants confirming additional statements are on the Examination webpage Icon for pdf EX83 Email to Matter 6 Participants confiriming additional statements are on the Examination website [226.47KB]
EX84Response Letter to Mr Dadds Regarding Additional Information 18.01.18 Icon for pdf EX84 RB_CD_Additional_Information_180118 [263.38KB]
EX85Correspondence - Council's Response to Inspector Regarding Housing Supply Hearing Session Icon for pdf EX85 Correspondence - Council's Response to Inspector Regarding Housing Supply Hearing Session [44.65KB]
EX86Updated Housing Trajectory - Version 2 Icon for pdf EX86 Updated Housing Trajectory - Version 2 [341.68KB]
EX87Further Information from the Council - Action 10 Tier 3 and Tier 4 Housing Growth Icon for pdf EX87 Further Information From the Council - Action 10 Tier 3 and Tier 4 Housing Growth [244.03KB]
EX88Further Information Provided by the Council - Lead in time and build out rates Icon for pdf EX88 Further Information Provided by the Council - Lead in time and build out rates [95.08KB]
EX89SDC Local Plan Examination Attendance Sheets for Week 2 Icon for pdf EX89 SDC Local Plan Examination Attendance Sheets for Week 2 [163.61KB]
EX90Hearing Programme Week 3 - 22.01.18 Icon for pdf EX90 Hearing Programme week 3 - 22.1.18 [218.25KB]

Hearing Statements

Hearing Statements received from representors are available here:  Hearing Statements

Programme Officer

Mrs Rachel Boothroyd and Mrs Hannah Evans have been appointed as the independent Programme Officer(s) to assist the Planning Inspector. All future correspondence relating to the examination should be addressed 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

Email: Programme.Officer@sedgemoor.gov.uk

Telephone: 01278 435361