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The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the timetable for the production of planning policy documents.



The Local Development Scheme sets out the documents that make up the Development Plan for Somerset and the council’s work programme for updating them.

The Development Plan sets out a vision for the local area in terms of:

  • housing
  • the economy
  • community facilities
  • infrastructure
  • minerals and waste
  • conserving and enhancing the natural and historic environment
  • mitigating and adapting to climate change
  • achieving well designed places

The Council uses the policies within the Development Plan to assess proposals for new development.

The Somerset Local Development Scheme was approved on 4 Oct 2023. It replaces the Local Development Scheme for the former district and county councils in Somerset.

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Somerset Local Development Scheme

October 2023

PDF, 500KB

Last reviewed: March 4, 2024 by Keri

Next review due: September 4, 2024

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