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Local Plan Review 2020-2040

On 21 July 2021, the Government announced that, subject to Parliamentary approval, a new unitary council for Somerset will be formed on 1 April 2023 to replace the existing county and district councils. However, Exmoor National Park Authority will remain as the Local Planning Authority for the area of National Park within Somerset.

Given these timescales and the numerous stages in Local, Mineral and Waste Plan preparation the existing councils will therefore no longer be progressing new plans through the statutory process based on their individual geographies. Existing county and district councils are working closely to scope the content and timescales for new Development Plan(s) to be prepared in the future as part the single unitary council. This includes ongoing work to progress and align key evidence base documents. Relevant documents, including an updated Local Development Scheme (LDS) for the new Somerset Council will be published in due course as the councils work through the transitional arrangements.

There are a number of workstreams currently being progressed to ensure a smooth transition to the new council. There is a clear commitment to ensuring effective plan-making arrangements are implemented going forward and we will update our web pages when there is further information regarding timescales and scope of any new Development Plan Documents.

The current Local Plan documents for South Somerset District Council can be found here link and will remain part of the Development Plan until they are replaced either wholly or in part by new Local Plan documents produced by the new unitary council. For the avoidance of doubt adopted Neighbourhood Plans will continue to remain part of the Development Plan for relevant areas.

Links to the work that South Somerset District Council has already undertaken on the Local Plan Review can be found below along with supporting evidence for plan-making. New evidence will be published as it becomes available.

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