Applications and Planning Decisions

The following links provide guidance for viewing and commenting on planning applications:

Find a planning application – Somerset Council’s planning portals where planning applications, comments and decisions are posted (applications in Upper Tone will be in the Taunton Deane part of the Somerset West and Taunton area).

Material considerations – Guide on matters that should be taken into account in deciding a planning application or on an appeal against a planning decision.

Guidance and information on the planning system is available at:

Planning Committee and Policies

The following links provide further information for those who wish to have a greater understanding of the planning process.

Planning Committee (West) – This link gives information on the Planning Committee (West) membership and meetings. Most planning application decisions are delegated to officers. The Planning Committee decides applications considered to be controversial or where requested by a division councillor or town or parish council.

Planning policies for Taunton Deane – Planning applications should comply with local planning policies in the adopted Local Plan and associated documents. To judge compliance, a balanced approach is taken based on the relative weight of various material considerations, which can make the process difficult to predict and understand.

National Planning Policy Framework – This sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these should be applied. It provides a framework within which locally-prepared plans for housing and other development are produced.

Somerset Council Constitution – This includes Terms of Reference for the Planning Committee, Members (Councillors) Code of Conduct and Code of Good Practice for Planning.

Probity in planning – Advice for councillors and officers making planning decisions.