Skip to content

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.

    Decision to make Castle Cary and Ansford Neighbourhood Plan

    Castle Cary & Ansford Referendum result

    Notice of Referendum

    Referendum Information Statement

    Decision Statement June 2019

    Amended Neighbourhood Plan June 2019

    Examiner's report May 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. Compton Dundon

    We have approved the designation of the parish of Compton Dundon 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 Compton Dundon, as identified in the map below.

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

    Compton Dundon Neighbourhood Plan application

    Designated Neighbourhood area map

    Notification Letter of Designation

  3. Crewkerne and Misterton

    We have approved the designation of Crewkerne and Misterton as a combined Neighbourhood Area, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 part 2, Regulation 7.

     The area to which the designation relates is set out in the application letter and covers the whole area of Crewkerne Town Council and Misterton Parish Council.

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

    Application Crewkerne Town Council February 2020

    Notification letter of designation February 2020

  4. East Coker

  5. 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

  6. Martock

    Martock Parish Council as the Qualifying Body has prepared a Neighbourhood Development Plan, entitled the Martock Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan sets out a vision for the future and planning policies which will be used in the determination of planning applications.

    Notice of publication

    The Plan was published for consultation between 13th August 2020 and 1st October 2020. The summary of all representations received by the Authority together with the South Somerset District Council comments on the Neighbourhood Plan and summary of submission requirements is available here:

    Martock NP Group Answers to Examiner's Questions - November 2020

    Briefing to Parish and Town Councils

    Examiner Supplementary Question - 12 November 2020

    Examiner Questions - 11 November 2020

    Independent Examination for the NP - 29 October 2020

    SSDC comments on the Neighbourhood plan

    SSDC Summary of submission requirements

    Summary of Reg 16 comments

    Submission letter February 2020

    Martock Neighbourhood Plan January 2020

    Martock NP Basic Conditions

    Martock NP Consultation Statement

    Martock NP Local Green Space Assessment Report November 2020

    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.

    Strategic Environmental Assessment and
    Habitats Regulations Screening Report, May 2019

    Martock designation letter

    Martock Neighbour area map

    Martock application

  7. Milborne Port

    We have approved the designation of the parish of Milborne Port 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 Milborne Port, as identified in the map below.

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

    Milborne Port Neighbourhood Plan application

    Notification letter of Designation

    Milborne Port Neighbourhood area map

  8. North Cadbury and Yarlington

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

    The area the designation relates to is the whole of North Cadbury and Yarlington parish, as identified in the map below.

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

    North Cadbury and Yarlington application letter

    North Cadbury and Yarlington Neighbourhood Area map

    North Cadbury and Yarlington Neighbourhood Area letter of designation

  9. Queen Camel

    Queen Camel Parish Council as the Qualifying Body has prepared a Neighbourhood Development Plan, entitled the Queen Camel Neighbourhood Plan 2019 to 2030. The Plan sets out a vision for the future and planning policies which will be used in the determination of planning applications. 

    District Executive considered the Examiner’s recommendations on 3rd September 2020. Please note the decision statement and the Referendum version of the Queen Camel Neighbourhood Plan below. 

    Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean that no elections or referendums can take place until 6 May 2021. This includes neighbourhood planning referendums. These provisions will be kept under review by the Government and may be amended or revoked in response to changing circumstances. The Neighbourhood Plan now has significant weight in decision-making on planning applications.

    Queen Camel Neighbourhood Plan - referendum version

    Queen Camel NP Referendum Decision Statement

    The Plan was published for consultation between 30th January 2020 and 12th March 2020. The summary of all representations received by the Authority together with the South Somerset District Council comments on the Neighbourhood Plan and summary of submission requirements is available here:

    Queen Camel NP final examiner's report 1st June 2020

    QCNP response to examiner questions

    Independant Examination of the NP 27th March 2020

    SSDC comments on the NP

    SSDC summary of submission requirements

    Summary of Reg 16 comments

    List of submission documents

    Queen Camel Neighbourhood Plan

    Appendix 1 Glossary of definitions

    Appendix 2 Buildings and Features listed by English Heritage

    Appendix 3 Archaeological sites, Monuments and other Heritage Features listed

    Appendix 4 Pictorial history of developments

    Appendix 5 Surplus signs & poles

    Consultation Statement

    Basic Conditions Statements

    Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulations Screening Report Feb 2019

    Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report May 2019

    Housing Review Analysis March 2018

    Local Green Spaces Paper November 2019

    Site Assessments 2017

    Community Plan 2005

    Development Plan 2009

    Demographic statistics (2011 Census Profile)

    Technical Assessment of Community Facilities, South Somerset District Council, 2014

    South Somerset HELAA 2018 (Queen Camel Extract)

    South Somerset Local Plan - Adopted 2006 Queen Camel Inset Map and Key

    Traffic Audit Report A359 - High Street, Queen Camel, May 2017

    Traffic Audit Report A359 - High Street, Queen Camel, May 2019

    Notice of Publication

    Response Form

    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 

  10. South Petherton

  11. Wincanton

  12. Additional information

Thank you. You response is appreciated.

Was this page helpful?