Somerset County Council – Parish Paths Consultation


Did you know Somerset has one of the longest public rights of way networks in the country and it is similar to the length of the road network in Somerset.  Maintaining such a lengthy network with limited resources is challenging, but with the help of several hundred volunteers across the County we continue to ensure that over 80% of the path network is open and easy to use.

To make sure we can continue to secure best value in service delivery, Somerset County Council’s Rights of Way team would like to review:

  • Path Categories
  • Vegetation Clearance schedule

In 2006/7 we undertook a similar consultation .  12 years on, many communities will have grown and the nature and use of certain paths will have changed, hence it is timely that we undertake a review of this information.

The path categories play an important part in how our area wardens prioritise their workload and with increasing pressures on resources it’s important we use them efficiently, directing these resources to paths that are most important to the community. The same principle applies to vegetation clearance to make sure we are only cutting paths that need it, and at the right time of year.

You will have until the deadline day of consultation Monday 31st January to complete the Spreadsheet with your amendments and submit your comments.  The important thing here is that you consult with your community and think about all rights of way users living in and visiting your local area.

It would also help if you can liaise with your neighbouring parish and town councils. This will help us to ensure that paths crossing parish boundaries have the same path category where possible.  If your parish lies partly within Exmoor National Park, please only complete the consultation for the paths that are outside of the Park boundary.

Please take time to read the guidance notes carefully.  All the information you provide will be invaluable and will help us to proactively manage one of Somerset’s greatest assets – its rights of way network.

If you would like to chat this through, please do not hesitate to contact me.

You can access the consultation at the following link

Yours sincerely

Jake Taylor

Volunteer and Trails Officer

( 07917 837542

( 01823 358250

Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY

Wedmore Neighbourhood Plan: R16 Consultation

Wedmore Neighbourhood Plan: R16 Consultation

 The Wedmore Neighbourhood Plan was formally submitted to Sedgemoor District Council in November 2018.  Sedgemoor District Council is satisfied that this submission meets with the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) and in accordance with those regulations, as the Local Planning Authority, are publicising the plan for a period of six weeks from 9 November 2018 to 21 December 2018.

The Wedmore Neighbourhood Development Plan contains unique local planning policies for the designated neighbourhood area.  The Neighbourhood Development Plan if adopted, will form part of the Development Plan for the area, and will guide future development within the Wedmore Neighbourhood Plan area.

The Plan and the supporting evidence base can be viewed online at

The Plan can also be inspected at our office at, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR, during the hours of 8.45am and 5pm Monday to Friday

How to comment

Representations are invited on this plan by 5.00pm, 21st December 2018:

Representations may include a request to be notified of the Local Planning Authority’s decision under Regulation 19 in relation to the Neighbourhood Development Plan.  Please note that the Decision Statement will also be published on our website as soon as it is available.

Environmental Assessment

Draft iterations of the Wedmore Neighbourhood Plan have been screened in consultation with the statutory environmental bodies, in accordance with Part II of The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 to determine whether it is likely to have significant environmental effects, and hence triggering the need for SEA. Separately, it was screened in accordance with the Habitat Regulations to determine whether Appropriate Assessment was necessary.

Sedgemoor District Council has determined that the Wedmore Draft Neighbourhood Plan 2017 – 2032 is not likely to have significant environmental effects and that an environmental assessment is not required in respect of the draft plan.  The Determination under Regulation 9(1) and the accompanying Statement is available as a PDF download below, although should a hard copy be required please contact the Planning Policy team using the contact details below.


Emma Chorley

Planning Officer

Planning Policy

Inward Investment & Growth


Sedgemoor District Council | Bridgwater House | King Square | Bridgwater | TA6 3AR
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