Local Plan to 2032 Preferred Strategy

The Local Plan to 2032 Preferred Strategy consultation is now closed, it ran from 22nd March to 16th May 2012, offering the opportunity to find out about and comment on the draft new Local Plan to 2032

The Plan's policies will help to guide the Council in deciding whether to permit or refuse planning applications within the area.  So whether you might be interested in carrying out development yourself, or are concerned about where new development could be allowed in future, this plan matters to you.

The Council, members of the community and other stakeholders have already put a lot of work into getting the plan this far, now your help is needed again in order to help us ensure that we have got it right before submitting it to the Secretary of Stage for Communities and Local Government for examination.

The documents on which responses were invited are as follows:

Supporting and contextual documents were as follows:

Responses were invited within the eight week consultation period which ran from Thursday 22nd March to Wednesday 16th May 2012, ideally, on the consultation questions / response form to be submitted:

  • via e-mail to LDF@westsomerset.gov.uk or,
  • by post to: The Local Development Framework Team, West Somerset Council, West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton, Somerset. TA4 4QA, or;

Potential respondents were advised that: "...any suggestions for changes to the draft local plan must be supported with appropriate evidence.  It is not sufficient to object to a policy or proposal because you disagree with it, you should demonstrate why any change which you suggest is soundly based."

The submission of relevant supporting evidence for the policies and proposals which are included in the plan was also welcomed.

Public consultation workshop sessions and drop-in exhibitions:

Three public consultation workshops / drop-in sessions on the new Local Plan to 2032 were held, details of these are as follows:

The Council Chamber, West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton - Tuesday 24th April 2012.  Workshop 11.00am to 1.00pm, drop-in session with planning officers on hand, 1.00pm to 4pm.

Minehead Methodist Church Hall, The Avenue, Minehead - Wednesday 2nd May 2012.  Workshop 11.00am to 1.00pm, drop-in session with planning officers on hand, 1.00pm to 4pm.

 Brushford Village Hall - Thursday 3rd May 2012.  Workshop 11.00am to 1.00pm, drop-in session with planning officers on hand, 1.00pm to 4pm.