The District Council manage the Planning process for the whole of South Somerset, including Somerton.
When planning and development takes place it's usually only the people who have a direct link to the boundary of a proposed planning site who recieve official notification from South Somerset District Council along with an invitation to make comment. However, many planning applications have an impact on a much wider area so it's useful to keep up to date with what developments are proposed in the town. Everyone has the right to object or support any planning application and also to ask questions of the planning team if unclear about anything proposed.
Once a planning application is notified to the Town Clerk a copy of the plans are available for public inspection at the Council Offices during the normal opening hours of 9.00 am and 12.00 noon. The Clerk or Assistant will be able to help you contact the relevant planning officer with any questions you may have. Plans are also available online on the SSDC Planning Search section of their website, you will find a link at the bottom of this page.
Each week South Somerset District Council issue an update on notification of Planning Applications received and Planning Decisions made in the Parish of Somerton. You can receive these notices yourself by email by registering on the 'Planning Weekly List' section of the SSDC, a link to this section of the site is provided at the bottom of this page.
The Role of the Town Council
Somerton Town Council act as a consultee on planning applications and represent the views and needs of the town on that basis. When objections are put forward to a planning application they are only valid when they relate to planning legislation so there has to be specific and legitimate grounds for making an objection.
Every month all the applications received from SSDC (up to the time the Agenda is written) go forward to the Town Council meeting for consideration. The planning application list for the town council meetings can be viewed online (Agenda's and Minute's section) and is available at least three clear days before each meeting. Alternatively the list is regularly updated on the Parish Rooms noticeboard.