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The planning policy team plays a crucial role in the development and implementation of planning policies for the local area, balancing the needs of the community with broader economic, social, and environmental considerations.

Responsibilities include

  • Developing and reviewing the Local Plan, Minerals and Waste Plans, which outline the long-term vision and strategy for land use and development in the local area. The Planning Policy team drafts and formulates planning policies based on national guidelines, local needs, community and business input. The Local Plan covers various aspects including housing, economy, environmental conservation, heritage preservation, and more.
  • Supporting local communities develop Neighbourhood Plans.
  • Conducting research and analysis to understand local trends, demographics, and economic factors that may impact planning decisions.
  • Monitoring the implementation of planning policies and regularly reviewing them to ensure they remain relevant and effective.
  • Working with external bodies, such as government agencies, environmental organisations, and neighbouring local authorities, to coordinate planning matters and address cross-boundary issues.
  • Ensuring that financial payments towards new infrastructure are collected and spent.
  • Making bids to Government for funding and working alongside other Council teams to delivery key infrastructure projects, such as Taunton Garden town, Active Travel projects, Bridgwater Barrier and Town Deal regeneration schemes.
  • Developing a Somerset-wide nutrient strategy to identify solutions to mitigate the impact of new development on the phosphates levels of the Somerset Levels and Moors Ramsar Site and subsequently the River Axe Special Area of Conservation.

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Issue 6 – Plan-it Somerset – April 2024

“Call for sites” launched for nature-based solutions to unlock development

Last reviewed: May 21, 2024 by Adam

Next review due: November 21, 2024

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