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Congresbury Neighbourhood Plan  


The result of the referendum was that 86% of those who voted cast in favour on the question;

'Do you want North Somerset Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Congresbury to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

This was an excellent result and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group thanks all residents who voted. North Somerset Council will formally approve the Plan at a Council meeting in November. 

The Steering Group wishes to thank North Somerset Council for all their advice and support through the process and all those who contributed to the plan.

September 2019 

Referendum on the adoption of the Congresbury Neighbourhood Plan will take place on Thursday 19th September in the Old School Rooms Congresbury.

This will decide the question 'Do you want North Somerset Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Congresbury to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

Please support and vote yes at the referendum. A copy is available in the Community Library and in the Parish Office.

Updated August 2019

On 19 March North Somerset Council’s Executive agreed that the Plan should proceed to examination. Examination of the plan began on 8 April 2019. and the Examiners report was received on 10 June 2019. The Examiner has stated that modifications are necessary to the Plan in order for it to meet the relevant basic conditions. The Plan and Examiners report will go before Executive on 25 June and if the Examiners modifications are accepted then a referendum will be arranged and this is expected to be mid September 2019.

The Plan and Examiners report can be found here

June 2019 

The report to the North Somerset Council Executive Committee has been passed. The report is available here
'It is resolved that the Congresbury Neighbourhood Development Plan meets the criteria necessary under Schedule 4B of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act (as amended) and can proceed to examination.   That North Somerset Council’s comments on the submitted Congresbury Neighbourhood Plan as set out in Appendix 1 are submitted to the Neighbourhood Plan examiner, along with comments received through the Regulation 16 consultation (a schedule of which are set out in Appendix 2).'

An examiner has been appointed and will begin the first stages of looking at the plan over the next month.

April 2019

 North Somerset Council are consulting on the Congresbury Neighbourhood Development Plan for 6 weeks from 14 January – 25 February 2019 in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulation (General) 2012. Following this consultation we intend to submit the plan for independent examination. This is the last chance to comment on the plan before it is put forward for examination.

Congresbury Parish Council, with help from the local community, have prepared the Neighbourhood Development Plan. This will help to shape the parish in forthcoming years and will be used to help make decisions on planning applications within the parish. The plan proposes allocating land for housing and employment, aims to protect local green spaces, valued countryside and community facilities, proposes improvements to cycle routes and highways and aims to protect and enhance the historic environment.

The neighbourhood plan area covers the whole of Congresbury Parish. Consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan took place between 30 July and 17 September 2018. Following this consultation further amendments were made to the plan and the Congresbury Neighbourhood Development Plan was formally submitted to the Council on 17 December 2018.

The best way to comment on the plan is online, alternatively you can email your comments to or write to Planning Policy Team, Post Point 15, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1UJ.

Hard copies of the document are available to view at Congresbury Library on Station Road, Congresbury during normal opening hours (Monday 2-5pm; Wednesday 10am-1pm); Friday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm; Saturday 10am-1pm) or at the Town Hall reception in Weston-Super-Mare during normal office hours.