Neighbourhood Plan

West Monkton & Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Councils

West Monkton & Cheddon Fitzpaine Neighbourhood Development Plan

Consultation Period 12 April to 27 May 2017

We are pleased to announce start of Regulation 14 consultation on the joint West Monkton & Cheddon Fitzpaine Neighbourhood Development Plan (WM&CFP NDP).

The WM&CFP NDP covers the parishes of West Monkton and Cheddon Fitzpaine.

We will see significant growth in the coming years. Through policies in the NDP we aim to ensure that development:
• is successfully accommodated;
• is sustainable, with excellent community facilities and high quality design;
• respects the historic environment and surrounding countryside is protected and enhanced.
Once made the WM&CFP NDP will be used by TDBC when assessing planning applications in the NDP area.

We would therefore like your views on the draft WM&CFP NDP and its associated documents which can be viewed on:
• West Monkton Parish Council website:
• Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council website:

Alternatively, paper version are also available to read at:
• TDBC Offices: Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE;
• Town library: Paul St, Taunton TA1 3XZ;
• West Monkton BACH Hall: Brittons Ash, Bathpool, TA2 8FT;
• Cheddon Fitzpaine Memorial Hall: Rowford, Cheddon Fitzpaine, TA2 8JY.
The Parish Clerks for West Monkton and Cheddon Fitzpaine also have a paper copy.

Please give your comments, observations or feedback in writing to Patricia Cavill (Clerk to West Monkton Parish Council) or Jo Pearson (Clerk to Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council) by 27th May 2017.

• E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected];
• Post: 2 Hill Farm Cottages, West Monkton, TA2 8LW or
32 Portland Street, Taunton, TA1 1UZ.

12 April 2016




Please go to General Parish news where you can click the  link to access the NP Document to make your comments.

The Neighbourhood Plan area has been designated by Taunton Deane Borough Council and comprises the two parishes of Cheddon Fitzpaine an West Monkton.

If you are interested in contributing to the future planning of the area please contact the Clerk Tricia Cavill on 01823 413 524 or click on the link mailto: [email protected]

Meetings are usually on the second Tuesday of the month. Even if you havn’t been able to come to any of the previous meetings, you are more than welcome to attend.  We are looking for people to help with the analysis of the questionnaires and draft policy writing. Please contact the Clerk for date and location.

If you would like to be added to the ‘Mail Chimp’ mailing list for Neighbourhood Plan, please give your name and email address to either Jo Pearson, Clerk to Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council or to Tricia Cavill, Clerk to West Monkton Parish Council. Your name will not be shared, nor used for any other purpose.

Minutes of previous meetings can be found in the archive: click on the search box in the top right hand corner of the home page and type in ‘Neighbourhood Plan minutes’  and the previous minutes will appear.  Please note the first meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group was in July 2015 and minutes from earlier dates will be of Parish Council meetings.

Minutes of the previous meetings can be found under Neighbourhood Plan minutes elsewhere on this website : insert ‘NP minutes’ in search box to access them.



Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meeting Tuesday 10th January 2017


Venue: B A C H, Bathpool

Time: 7.00pm



1.     Apologies: M Chinnock, M Thompson, N Griffiths, D Webber, A Durham, I Clark, H Ellis.

Present: K Tutill, M Pollock, J Woollacott, K Brown, R Tully, N Cavill; J Pearson and T Cavill.


K Tutill thanked all contributors who had brought the NP to this draft stage. The documents had been sent to Ann Rhodes for informal review.  There will be more iterations before the Draft is circulated.  It was noted that Ann’s responses to the questions raised in the documents sent to her would be useful to have before going out to ‘Pre-submission Consultation’ – estimated to be mid-February.  Both Parish Councils will be asked to provide an agreement in principle before the document is made available for public comment.  TD will indicate who should be consulted.  The NP Steering Group will decide which of the comments to include in the final document that will go out for formal consultation.


     2.  Review of Draft NP Sections

It was noted that each of the policy sections has a slightly different style although conforming overall to the template provided by Locality via M Pollock.  It was agreed that this was acceptable as it indicated multiple contributors.  Some evidence gaps need filling in the different policy sections: please can teams do this?


The Policy sections were signed off in principle subject to minor adjustments.

          a. Housing


The MP (Mark Pollock) reference number can be removed in the final edit.

H1 avoid blocking – needs pepper pot approach

H2 needs extra evidence as indicated in the document.

H5 the 80:20 split is a subtle change from TD policy (60:40); but recognises the difficulties associated with shared ownership.  Jo Humble, Housing Enabling and Development Manager has been asked to comment – she may need chasing.

Garden Town status for Taunton is likely to assist in terms of infrastructure and the developers will be advised with matters of design such as density and open spaces.

          b. Transport

The section looks to be complete now that the 5-metre strip and Rapid Transit proposals have been included.

          c.  Employment

maps need to be readable (scale currently too small).  Suggest a hyperlink to SINE.  Need the evidence from TD.  Live-work units probably not deliverable. 

E (b) starter units – good

E 1 (a) (b) may just become one example of employment land lost to housing e.g. Hatcheries small employment units was developed by Strongvox into housing (original Local Plan designated the Hatcheries as employment land).

Despite poor responses from Business Community (9/150 responses to questionnaire), it was agreed it is crucial that the all consultations that have been attempted should be documented as it is all evidence.  So, the enquiries made to TD Ec Dev, Chamber of Commerce, etc. need to be listed.  The EDF growth circle was considered, Jo will send David Redpath’s contacts for a copy of the growth circle to be included as extra evidence of potential need for starter units.

          d. Recreation and Environment

Amendments to policies R1 and R4 had been made to update the document. Include reference to the Quantock study to indicate connectivity between our NP and initiatives in adjoining areas. SWOT for semipermeable drives – ref to consultation statement (SUDS requirement anyway?) Take explanation of SWOT and put into Consultation statement.


     3.  Other Areas

          a. Sustainability Audit

ref here to BREEAM Communities 2012 for Master Planning

Garden Town principles

Nigel Griffiths and Ian Clark have contributed to Sustainability Audit.

Sustainability Audit was signed off in principle – needs to go to Ann Rhodes for informal review, and the Parishes.

          b. Basic Conditions Statement

Basic Conditions statement was signed off in principle – needs to go to Ann Rhodes for checking legal compliance and the Parishes for pre-submission consultation.

          c. Introduction and Vision

Vision ok

Introduction – add in ‘why doing it’ and ‘great news about garden Town status granted 6 Jan 2017. (Raising the bar on Master Planning/shaping the community).  Move SWOT table into the Introduction.

Put a conclusion under (5) ref delivery of NP…

          d. Maps and Graphics

Need some better versions from TD

Scrutiny of Table 1 in Basic conditions

Need to put parish boundary maps and an explanation of the Staplegrove Urban extension exclusion area into the Appendix/supporting documentation

          e. Photographs – use JR photos…?

          f. SEA Screening Opinion TD will do – have asked Ann Rhodes to confirm

          g. Human Rights Statement TD will do – have asked Ann Rhodes to confirm

          h. Supporting Documentation

List consultations – people meetings documents used, policies referred to.


     4.  Timeframe for NP Submission

          a. Proof reading

Volunteer from St Quintins Park in Feb will go through entire documents.

          b. Issue to Ann Rhodes to consider

Informal review with questions underway

          c. Public Consultation

need leaflet and some tidying up of documents


    5. Public Consultation

Need to get an agreement in principle by both parishes before sending out to public.  This can be put to both PCs this week.  Not a signing off of the final document but an endorsement to go ahead with the next stage of the process.

        a. Advertising make a leaflet for the ‘Pre-submission consultation’ including why? And benefits? Put these two also into the Introduction plus a Preface signed by KT and two Parish Chairmen.

        b. NP Placement – village halls etc.

Can use websites, NP mailing list, Clerks can keep hard copy for perusal/inspection – may ‘walk’ if just left in BACH or Memorial Hall, hard copy in TD offices and Library.  Ann to advise how many copies needed for this stage.


     6.  Budget

       a. Cost to date review

Have nearly spent all Locality Groundworks grant (end date 31 Jan 2017).  Not sure if any further funds are available from Groundworks/Locality. Have had the basic grant (circa £9000.00 plus the grant for growth areas, circa £6500.00).

Vat has been reclaimed, waiting for payment.

Both parishes advised there might be shortfall in funds, needing input from parishes.  Both Parishes had budget set aside for 2016/2017 and have also made provision in 2017/2018.

       b. Any further costs

Mark Pollock has submitted an estimate for 5 more days, there may be some more work after that.

When work is complete, the BAT survey needs to be added – cost circa £300.00.


    7. Creech St Michael

Meeting before Christmas, aims of both Neighbourhood Plans identified as very similar. Minutes recording meeting taken by CSM. WM & CF NP will share draft (electronically) once its ready for pre-submission consultation.  CSM consultant in touch with M Pollock.


     8. A O B

Add master planning meetings to consultation doc – also list of meetings with EA, FWAG, Somerset Wildlife – any others?


     9. Date of next meeting

7th February 2017 at the BACH at 7.00pm.


The meeting closed at 9.35pm.

Please could you spare a few minutes to respond to our supplementary survey? Respond to the Clerk, please.



Supplementary survey –  comment sheet


1) How can bus stops, planned as part of new developments, be improved to encourage more people to use existing and future bus services?


2) What sort/type of housing should be provided for the growing elderly population within the NP area?


3) Should light pollution be restricted, and dark skies promoted, within the existing and expanding urban parts of the NP area in addition to the rural parts?     Yes/No

4) Is there a need for new public toilets with respect to any existing locations, or future areas to be developed, within the NP area and if so where?


5) Allowing that each new cycle way will be different, should it be lit?


Would you support the use of sensors so track is lit only when needed?



For Parish needs:

  1. How could Public Toilets be financed? By: Parish precept/Management Company fee/Local Shops
















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Have you seen the draft Neighbourhood Plan?

  • Not yet (89%, 8 Votes)
  • Yes (11%, 1 Votes)
  • I will send my comments to the Clerk (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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