The Local Plan was submitted on 31st July 2015.
The Planning Inspectorate will appoint an independent Planning Inspector, on behalf of the Secretary of State, to look at all the documentation and information submitted and oversee the formal examination of the plan.
All parties who submitted representations in response to the recent publication of the plan will receive a letter or email from the programme officer confirming the date, time and place of the examination hearings and the name of the appointed inspector.
The WSLP sets out policies for the allocation of land as key strategic development sites across the parts of West Somerset District lying outside the Exmoor National Park up to 2032. It also contains strategic development management policies against which planning applications will be considered. Once adopted, the WSLP will become part of the statutory development plan for the Local Planning Authority area which provides the basis for determining planning applications within the area.
The WSLP replaces many of the policies of the Council’s previous local plan which was adopted in 2006. It defines a hierarchy of settlements ranging from Minehead, Watchet and Williton, which will accommodate the significant proportion of the Borough's future growth, through to the primary and secondary villages which will be expected to play a lesser role in meeting requirements, although not through formal allocations of land for development. The document also includes policies setting out the approach that will be taken towards environmental protection.
The WSLP has undergone a number of stages of preparation, starting with an Issues and Options consultations in 2009/2010, a Preferred Strategy consultation in March / April 2012, a Revised Preferred Strategy consultation during Summer 2013 and a Publication Draft Plan representation period during February - March 2015.
All proposed submission documents, and the representations received during the Publication Draft Plan representation period, can be viewed on the Council's website and at: West Somerset Council Offices, West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton. TA4 4QA.
For any queries regarding the Examination please contact the Programme Officer Mrs. Salla Arnold by e-mail: ProgrammeOfficer@westsomerset.gov.uk
It is anticipated that the Examination will be held during the autumn of 2015 with adoption of the plan in winter 2016.
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Page updated 9th February 2016