Planning

One of the important roles of the Parish Council is to comment on planning applications made within the Parish boundary. The process the Council has adopted is as follows:

Sedgemoor District Council pass applications to the Parish Clerk for comment within 21 days.The Clerk then circulates details of the planning application received to the Parish Councillors and advertises it on the Village Notice Board, giving members of the public three clear days to comment by a stated date and time.

Following the above, the Clerk in consultation with the Chairman will either: add the item to the next Parish Council Meeting agenda (time
permitting); call an extraordinary planning meeting giving three days clear notice; or, when a meeting has not been possible or deemed necessary,
following discussion with the Chairman the Clerk is delegated to return the Planning Response Form on behalf of the Parish Council.

Any Councillor can call an extraordinary Council meeting with regard to any planning application.

Comments are  passed back to Sedgemoor Development Control, but only on valid planning grounds; these include traffic generation and road safety, impact on neighbours, effect on landscape, compliance with planning policy, impact on character and appearance of the area and other environmental grounds such as noise.

The Parish Council is naturally concerned with maintaining the wonderful rural character and landscape of Broomfield, situated as it is within the Quantock Hills AONB, whilst recognising the needs of local business, in particular the farming community.

However final decisions are made by Sedgemoor District Council and residents are urged to consult with the Planning Officer before submitting applications. Much advice is also available online as well as the status of all applications made in the Parish.

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