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Cheddar neighbourhood plan draws hundreds to Church House

By Ian_Mat  |  Posted: February 27, 2013

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Cheddar residents having their input into the Cheddar neighbourhood plan Photo: Paul Fineran

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The future of Cheddar drew hundreds to a two-day event last week.

Interest in the Cheddar neighbourhood plan at Church House, Cheddar, was whipped up on Friday and Saturday by talk of supermarket building in the village.

But areas like jobs, business, transport issues and affordable housing fuelled interest from 235 people into questionnaires designed to give Cheddar Parish Council and others a clue on what should form the important plan.

Pupils from the Kings of Wessex Academy along with Fairlands Middle School are also contributing their views.

Councillors were pleased to be engaged in these wide ranging discussions and wish to thank all those who attended.

The neighbourhood plan will give official guidance to planning authorities and developers on what is and is not acceptable to the village up to 2027.

First the plan must pass an independent review and then a public referendum, earmarked for May 2014, would see the plan either get public adoption or not.

Questionnaires are still available from Cheddar library, online at www.cheddarplan.co.uk. Deadline to return is Monday, March 4.

Further consultation will take place once these results have been analysed, and the whole exercise is aimed at creating a planning document to sit with other documents used to guide planning decisions that will shape the village in the future.

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