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  • Mendip Local Plan Part II Limited Update – Regulation 19

    Somerset Council is updating the Mendip Local Plan Part II (Sites and Policies) Local Plan which identifies additional housing sites for development. This follows a Judicial Review of the Plan in 2022. A consultation was held in February 2024 which identified sites that could provide for 505 homes by 2029. The Council has now published a submission document with more detail on the additional sites with policies. The Submission Plan identifies nine sites, some of which have now been... More
    Opened 28 June 2024
  • Otterhampton Primary - School Streets 2

    Somerset Council is working together with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) and school communities to look into ways to reduce congestion and improve the safety of children outside the school gates. Elsewhere in the country School Streets have been proven to achieve this. The School Street at Otterhampton Primary School launched on Monday 3rd June 2024 and we are now seeking feedback on the trial scheme. A School Street is a road (or a number of roads) outisde a... More
    Opened 3 June 2024
  • Local Nature Recovery Strategy for Somerset

    Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS's) are a new England-wide system of spatial strategies established by the Environment Act 2021. The main purpose of these strategies is to help reverse the ongoing decline of nature in England by establishing priorities for nature recovery and identify locations to create or improve habitat most likely to provide the greatest benefit for nature and the wider environment. Across England there are to be 48 Local Nature Recovery Strategies... More
    Closed 31 May 2024
  • New Alternative Provision Free School - 1st site Misterton

    Horizons Therapeutic Education Trust has been invited by the Department for Education (DfE) to operate a new Alternative Provision Free School in Somerset. Horizons Therapeutic Education Trust has been formed as part of a Strategic Partnership between The Shaw Trust Charity, Somerset Foundation Trust (NHS) and Somerset Council to support young people at risk of needing inpatient hospital support from CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) or children in the care... More
    Closed 21 May 2024
  • Somerset School Nurse Feedback

    Knowing what you think of our service is always really helpful. It helps us to understand what we are doing right, and to improve where we haven't got things quite right. This is an anonymous survey, so you are not going to be asked for your name. Please Note: this site is not constantly monitored. If you would like to speak with a member of the School Nursing Team about your feedback, please use the Chat Health Support Line,... More
    Opened 3 May 2024
  • Somerset Health Visiting Service Family Feedback

    Please take a few moments (about 5 minutes) to let us know about your recent experience with our Health Visiting Team. With your help, we'll use this information to develop our practice and improve our service offer. There are 12 short questions in total, plus an option at the end to leave your contact details if you would like to contribute to our ongoing service development. You do not have to give your name (optional) if you wish to remain anonymous, however, we do ask for the... More
    Opened 25 April 2024
  • West Buckland Housing Needs Consultation

    This Housing Needs Survey is being conducted for the parish of West Buckland by Somerset Council. The consultation will provide essential information on the housing needs of local West Buckland residents. The consultation is open from the 4th March until the 14 th April 2024. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. If you have any questions please contact: housingenabling@somerset.gov.uk More
    Closed 22 April 2024
  • Mendip Local Plan Part II Limited Update - Regulation 18

    Background The Somerset Development Plan relating to the former Mendip District Council area currently includes the Mendip Local Plan Part I 2006 – 2029 (LPP1) which was adopted 15 December 2014 and Local Plan Part II (LPP2) which was adopted in December 2021. Following a Judicial Review of the LPP2, the High Court ordered the deletion of five site allocations on 16 December 2022 and required that the Council review and reconsider allocations to meet the district... More
    Closed 12 April 2024
  • Somerset Tree Planting Register

    Somerset Council published a 10 year Tree Strategy in June 2023 to enhance and protect Somerset trees and woodland across the county. Amongst its ambitious aims, the strategy sets out a plan for planting 240 hectares of new trees and woodlands each year across the county until 2033. From Somerset’s famous apple orchards to Exmoor’s mighty oaks, the aim is to increase the county’s tree coverage from its current 8% to the national average of 13% and more if possible. We... More
    Opened 3 April 2024
  • Fixing of maximum taxi fares

    Changes to maximum taxi fares The cost of using a hackney carriage, more commonly known as a ‘taxi’, depends on when and how far you travel. The total cost is referred to as a ‘fare’ and is calculated on an electronic meter installed in the vehicle. As well as licensing taxi drivers and vehicles, the Council can set the maximum that they can charge. The main charge is normally for the distance i.e. the further you go, the higher... More
    Closed 20 March 2024
  • Local Validation Checklist Update (West area and Mineral and Waste proposals)

    Somerset Council are seeking views on updates to the Local Validation Checklist for the West area and Mineral and Waste proposals. Local Validation Checklists (LVC) help inform applicants/agents of the type of documents and level of information required to validate a planning application or other similar consents. Somerset Council is committed to providing a professional and efficient Development Management service and this document is part of a suite of documents that will help all... More
    Closed 13 March 2024
  • Wellington Waterways Feasibility Study

    Somerset Council has commissioned Arup to prepare a Wellington Waterways Feasibility Study (WWFS), with the aim of: proposing a vision for reducing flood risk to key heritage assets of Tonedale (Tonedale Mill and Tone Works); and delivering wider benefits for nature and the community of Wellington. The Study’s objectives as set out in the specification by Somerset Council are to: “gain a clear understanding of the options and feasibility for reducing... More
    Closed 4 March 2024
  • Wembdon St George's - School Streets

    Somerset Council is working together with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) and school communities to look into ways to reduce congestion and improve the safety of children outside the school gates. Elsewhere in the country School Streets have been proven to achieve this, we are looking to pilot this scheme with some schools in Somerset. A School Street is a road (or a number of roads) outisde a school with a temporary restriction on motorised vehicles. Motor... More
    Closed 19 February 2024
  • Willow Man feasibility study

    A plan to revive the once-iconic Willow Man sculpture has received a funding boost from National Highways. Willow Man, close to Bridgwater, Junction 23 M5 has deteriorated badly in recent years and is now barely recognisable. Created by artist Serena De la Hay and unveiled in 2000, the sculpture was commissioned by South West Arts to mark the millennium and celebrates the role of willow in the ecology and craft tradition of the Somerset Levels. ... More
    Closed 15 February 2024
  • Somerset 2025-26 Admission Arrangements Consultation

    Welcome to the consultation on the 2025-26 admission arrangements for Somerset Council and also on behalf of a number of own admission authority schools, academies and Trusts. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the admission arrangements you are interested in from the list of documents below. Each has a front page outlining the proposed changes or alternatively they are clearly marked on the document. More
    Closed 26 January 2024
  • Budget Consultation 2024/2025

    This consultation asks your views on the overall budget setting for Somerset Council for the next financial year from April 2024 to March 2025. In November, Somerset Council declared a financial emergency with a projected budget gap of £100m. Like households across the county, we face financial challenges on a scale we have never seen before, caused by factors outside our control. The cost of delivering services is rising in the same way that everyone’s cost... More
    Closed 22 January 2024
  • Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for Night Fishing and Camping (Miscellaneous Provisions).

    What is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)? A PSPO is an order that is enforceable under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are used to protect the public from behaviour that is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality and is, or is likely to be, persistent and unreasonable. What is the Purpose of this Consultation? The purpose... More
    Closed 10 January 2024
  • Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation Somerset North

    What is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)? A PSPO is an order that is enforceable under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are used to protect the public from behaviour that is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality and is, or is likely to be, persistent and unreasonable. What is the Purpose of this Consultation? The purpose of the... More
    Closed 8 December 2023
  • BNG Guidance Note

    Biodiversity Net Gain (from here on referred to as BNG) is an approach to development, and/or land management, that aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than it was beforehand. It is intended to deliver measurable improvements for biodiversity by creating or enhancing habitats in association with development. A national mandatory BNG requirement is currently expected to come into effect from January 2024 . Whilst the requirement to ... More
    Closed 4 December 2023
  • Frome School Streets Consultation

    Over the past few years, Frome Town Council has been working with active travel charity Sustrans, and Somerset Council to implement Frome’s first School Streets in the Oakfield and Park Wards. A School Streets area limits vehicle access during drop-off and pick-up times making it safer to walk, scoot or cycle to and from school. School Streets aim to: Create a safer and more pleasant environment for those travelling to and from school ... More
    Closed 30 November 2023
  • Customer Access Points - Yeovil

    Somerset Council was created on April 1, 2023. The new unitary council brings together the services previously provided by the four district councils in Somerset (Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset) alongside the services previously provided by Somerset County Council. One of the important projects we need to undertake as Somerset Council is a review of our offices and other operational sites to better understand our accommodation needs as... More
    Closed 17 November 2023
  • Equality Objectives 2024-28

    Somerset Council are consulting on a revised set of Equality Objectives to come into effect in April 2024. As the Council continues its work in becoming a single cohesive organisation through a process of transition and transformation, it has been agreed that the Council will initially deliver 3 Equality Objectives, plus an internal staff focused objective, for the period April 2024 to March 2026. Completing this survey will, therefore, help us prioritise the three non-internal... More
    Closed 17 November 2023
  • How should we meet education funding challenges in Somerset? Have your say

    Following feedback we have made some changes to the consultation wording to make it clearer and easier to understand. You will find these changes in red in the PDF below and in bold, italics and underlined throughout the rest of the consultation. Across the country, many public, private, and voluntary organisations are facing tough budget challenges, as are families and households, and Somerset is no exception. In this consultation, we’re asking you to have... More
    Closed 10 November 2023
  • Staff Feedback Form on Digital Social Care Records

    A Digital Social Care Record (DSCR) is the digital recording of care information and care received by an individual, within a social care setting, replacing traditional paper records. This is sometimes called an electronic care plan, electronic care record or electronic care management. The Digitising Social Care Records initiative is being managed by NHSEngland. The aim is to support those care providers to move to approved digital solutions. This has several benefits... More
    Opened 31 October 2023
  • Family Feedback Survey on Digital Social Care Records

    A Digital Social Care Record (DSCR) is the digital recording of care information and care received by your relative, from their care provider, replacing traditional paper records. This is sometimes called an electronic care plan, electronic care record or electronic care management. This allows everyone involved in a person’s care to see appropriate information to help with that care. The Digitising Social Care Records initiative is being managed by NHSEngland. More
    Opened 31 October 2023
  • St Mary's Primary - School Streets

    Somerset Council is working together with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) and school communities to look into ways to reduce congestion and improve the safety of children outside the school gates. Elsewhere in the country School Streets have been proven to achieve this, we are looking to pilot this scheme with some schools in Somerset. A School Street is a road (or a number of roads) outisde a school with a temporary restriction on motorised vehicles. Motor... More
    Closed 17 October 2023
  • Otterhampton Primary - School Streets

    Somerset Council is working together with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) and school communities to look into ways to reduce congestion and improve the safety of children outside the school gates. Elsewhere in the country School Streets have been proven to achieve this, we are looking to pilot this scheme with some schools in Somerset. A School Street is a road (or a number of roads) outisde a school with a temporary restriction on motorised vehicles. Motor... More
    Closed 16 October 2023
  • Creating Places for People

    Residents and businesses in Somerset are being urged to help shape the future of their county and have their say on how best to create places that put people at the heart of their design. Somerset Council is launching a public consultation to seek opinions on a set of outline “principles” that are designed to steer new development in Somerset. These should guide developers towards creating attractive and high-quality environments, but also inclusive... More
    Closed 16 October 2023
  • Public Space Protection Order Consultation

    What is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)? A PSPO is an order that is enforceable under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are used to protect the public from behaviour that is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality and is, or is likely to be, persistent and unreasonable. What is the Purpose of this Consultation? The purpose of the consultation is to seek any views regarding a... More
    Closed 6 October 2023
  • Dunster First School - School Streets

    Somerset Council is working together with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) and school communities to look into ways to reduce congestion and improve the safety of children outside the school gates. Elsewhere in the country School Streets have been proven to achieve this, we are looking to pilot this scheme with some schools in Somerset. A School Street is a road (or a number of roads) outisde a school with a temporary restriction on motorised vehicles. Motor... More
    Closed 2 October 2023
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