Local Plan Issues and Options - Quick Read

Closed 16 Mar 2020

Opened 13 Jan 2020

Results updated 20 Oct 2020

The Local Plan Issues and Options consultation ran from 13 January to 16 March 2020. We have published the Consultation Report in two parts:

       Part 1

  • Part 1 was published on 9 July 2020. It sets out the consultation process and gives a broad view of the types of responses received and the issues raised.

       Part 2

  • Part 2 was published on 21 October 2020. It looks at the comments in greater detail and comes to a conclusion about next steps for the Local Plan.
  • Appendix 1 holds summary tables of comments made by email/letter on the Issues and Options, Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment.
  • Appendix 2 holds site suggestions and maps.

Further information on the Local Plan Review 2040 and the current timetable can be found here.

The full responses made by individuals and organisations are available to view and download here.




This is the quick read version of the Local Plan Issues and Options consultation.

This is the first consultation stage in the Local Plan process. The document looks at key issues for our area and suggests ways we can address these.

The issues we are looking at include how to plan for: the places and spaces we live and work in; community services, shops, transport and infrastructure; our wildlife and landscapes; and the climate emergency. Views from local communities and businesses are important in helping to shape the strategies and policies for Somerset West and Taunton from now until 2040.

At the same time, we are consulting on two documents which will inform and evidence the Local Plan: the Sustainability Appraisal; and the Habitats Regulations Assessment.

Why your views matter

The new Somerset West and Taunton Council came into being on Monday 1 April 2019 and combined the former West Somerset Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council into a brand new District council.

This is an exciting time for our area and we are keen to keep up momentum and progress with a new Local Plan. The Local Plan will set out the spatial strategy for where new development will be located over the next 20 years and set out our ambitions and aspirations for addressing issues affecting our area now and in the future.


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • carbon neutrality
  • renewable energy
  • recycling
  • settlement tiers
  • garden town
  • rural centre
  • distribution of housing
  • site selection
  • new homes
  • affordable housing
  • gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople
  • accessible housing
  • lifetime homes
  • self-build
  • economic growth
  • economic development
  • employment land
  • town centre vitality
  • retail
  • health
  • social interaction
  • lifestyle
  • leisure
  • natural environment
  • built environment
  • deprivation
  • somerset west and taunton council
  • aims and objectives
  • natural environment
  • built environment
  • public realm
  • protected areas
  • waterways
  • air quality
  • rural
  • coastal
  • urban
  • new development
  • community infrastructure levy (CIL)
  • telecommunications
  • water and sewerage
  • transport