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Local Plan review 2040

We have a statutory requirement to prepare a Local Plan which covers the whole of the new Somerset West and Taunton area (excluding Exmoor National Park which produces its own Local Plan).

We have started work on the Local Plan 2040. When adopted by the Council, it will replace the existing Local Plan documents of the former Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council.

The first stage is the Issues and Options document. This is being taken to our Executive Committee on 20 November for approval to consult. It will then be desktop published and go on public consultation during January and February 2020. We will be holding drop-in sessions for you to come and talk to us during this time. Follow our social media to keep up to date.

We are legally required to produce a Sustainability Appraisal and a Habitat Regulation Assessment of the Local Plan as it develops.

The Local Plan timetable (subject to change)

Stage Stage name Summary of stage Time period
Stage 1 Evidence gathering (Reg 18) Includes the consultation on the Issues and Options document (Jan-Feb 2020), draft Sustainability Appraisal of alternatives, Habitat Regulation Assessment, production of technical evidence We are here
Stage 2 Draft Plan (Reg 19) Consultation on draft policies, potential development locations and supporting information, informed by the previous stage and further technical evidence Jul-Sept 2020
Stage 3 Publication version of the Plan Consultation on the revised plan, changed in light of the previous stage and further evidence gathering. Plan and comments go to the Planning Inspector Oct-Dec 2020
Stage 4 Planning Inspector's hearings An independent Planning Inspector examines the plan, evidence and comments made. The Inspector holds hearing sessions to discuss the ‘soundness’ of the plan Apr-Jun 2021
Stage 5 Plan is adopted The plan is adopted and is used to inform local planning policy and decisions on planning applications Sep-Dec 2021