Neighbourhood Planning

The Localism Act has introduced 'Neighbourhood Plans' as part of the National Planning Policy Framework. These are locally prepared documents which set out what type and scale of development is needed to help a community achieve the right mix of affordable housing, employment opportunities and services.

Neighbourhood Plans will be informed by local consultation and be in line with the policies and proposals in our Local Plan - the overarching development plan for South Somerset.

Many communities in South Somerset have already produced Local Community Plans (or Town or Parish Plans). While these plans can act as a foundation for future development ideas, a Neighbourhood Plan is a separate document.

There are lots of ways to inform the planning system and get the development you wish to see in your community. Neighbourhood Plans are not the only option.

Neighbourhood planning support is a 2 year programme which has been launched to offer practical hands on support. Full programme details are available here.

There is a considerable amount of published advice on Neighbourhood Planning. The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) has a set of very useful frequently asked questions. Also available is the Neighbourhood Plans roadmap guide produced by locality, this is a guide designed to help Town and Parish Councils decide whether or not to produce a Neighbourhood Plan and if they do decide to go ahead to guide them through the process of producing the plan and how it will be delivered.

View the Neighbourhood Area Designation Map.

Find out about the Neighbourhood Plan process.

  1. Castle Cary and Ansford

    The consultation period for the Regulation 15 submission plan started 29 November 2018 and ended 19 January 2019.

    Supplementary Response to examiner - March 2019

    Working Group Response to Examiner – March 2019 

    Summary of Regulation 16 comments

    Letter from examiner - 15 February 2019

    Castle Cary & Ansford notification letter

    Castle Cary & Ansford submission requirements

    Castle Cary & Ansford submission notice

    Reg 16 response form

    Neighbourhood plan for reg 15 submission

    Conditions statement with appendix

    Castle Cary basic consultation statement

    SEA screening report

    We have approved the designation of the parish of Castle Cary and Ansford as Neighbourhood Area, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 part 2, Regulation 7.

    The area to which the designation relates is the whole of the parish of Castle Cary and Ansford, as identified in the map below. No comments were received from members of the public during the 4 week consultation period.

    This designation sets out the area which the Castle Cary and Ansford Neighbourhood Plan will cover, no other Neighbourhood Plans being permitted in that area.

    Application letter

    Area map

    Letter of designation

  2. East Coker

  3. Ilminster

    We have approved the designation of the parish of Ilminster as Neighbourhood Area, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 part 2, regulation 7.

    The area to which the designation relates is the whole of the parish of Ilminster as identified in the map below.

    This designation sets out the area which the Ilminster Neighbourhood Plan will cover, no other Neighbourhood Plans being permitted in that area.

    Ilminster application letter

    Ilminster Neighbourhood Area map

    Ilminster Neighbourhood Area letter of designation

  4. Martock

    We have approved the designation of the parish of Martock as Neighbourhood Area, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 part 2, regulation 7.

    The area to which the designation relates is the whole of the parish of Martock, as identified in the map below.

    One comment was received during the 4 week consultation period.

    This designation sets out the area which the Martock Neighbourhood Plan will cover, no other Neighbourhood Plans being permitted in that area.

    Martock designation letter

    Martock Neighbour area map

    Martock application

  5. Queen Camel

    We have approved the designation of the parish of Queen Camel as a Neighbourhood Area, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 part 2, regulation 7.

    Queen Camel Parish has become one of the governments "frontrunners"; a group of Neighbourhoods who have been pioneering the Neighbourhood Planning process. 

    The area to which the designation relates is the whole of the parish of Queen Camel, as identified in the map below. The letter of application from Queen Camel Parish Council can also be downloaded below.

    No comments were received on this application from members of the public during the 7 week consultation period.

    This designation sets out the area which the Queen Camel Neighbourhood plan will cover, no other Neighbourhood Plans being permitted in that area.

    Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulations Screening Report - February 2019

    Queen Camel application letter

    Queen Camel map

    Queen Camel letter of designation 

  6. South Petherton

  7. Wincanton

  8. Additional information

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