Neighbourhood Plan

East Coker Neighbourhood Plan – Current Position – July 2017

Work has progressed over the past months on the continuation of the East Coker Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan Group has taken account of views expressed by the local community, through various resident and business questionnaires and as a result of the successful consultation event that was held in the Village Hall on 10 October 2015, when over 150 local people attended and provided an excellent input into the Plan’s development.

A working draft was produced and a further event held in the Village Hall on Saturday, 19th March which was again well attended and a broad consensus of support for the Plan and its policies was secured.

The Group is also engaging with the District and County Councils, as well as other agencies such as Natural England, Historic England and the Environment Agency.

Work has been completed on the writing and amending of the plan text and policies, based on the vision and objectives that were outlined at these events and which received good public support. These deal with all the subject matters addressed in the Plan, such as housing, employment and business, community facilities, the built and natural environment and transport and infrastructure. The policies in the Plan will generally conform and have regard to the National Planning Policy Framework and the South Somerset Local Plan.

The following is the anticipated timetable for progression of the East Coker Neighbourhood Plan through to adoption and being ‘made’, as part of the Statutory Development Plan for the area.


August 2017
Latest amendments made to Plan in the light of comments received from Regulation 14 Consultation and general updating.

Completion of Drafts of the Basic Conditions Statement and Consultation Report

Submission of Draft Plan to Neighbourhood Planning Independent Examiners Referral Scheme [NPIERS] for informal checking on the Plan

September 2017
Report on Plan received from NPIERS

Any recommended amendments made as considered appropriate

Informal Consultation with South Somerset DC

October 2017
Formal Submission of Neighbourhood Plan to South Somerset DC, together with final Basic Conditions and Consultation Reports, in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Plan Regulations

SSDC publish Plan and arrange a minimum 6 week consultation with public and the statutory consultees.

November / December 2017

SSDC arrange for formal Examination of Plan by an Independent Planning Inspector.

January/February 2018

Inspector’s Report received and subject to positive outcome, any modifications required are made.

March 2018

SSDC consider and approve the East Coker Neighbourhood Plan as finally amended.

SSDC Arrange Referendum

April/May 2018

Referendum held when more than 50% of those who vote, need to support the Plan.

Plan is finally adopted and ‘Made’.

Implementation of the Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the Statutory Development Plan for the area and  is used to help make decisions on planning applications  together with the National Planning Policy Framework and the South Somerset Local Plan.


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