Whilst the “consultation” aspect is not a project of our own making, My Cheddar is one of the groups that outside developers and organisations contact as part of their legal obligations, when they are planning a project that affects the Cheddar community.
In fact it was responding to a swathe of new development proposals in 2011 that led to My Cheddar’s formation. Often our meetings will incorporate briefings from:
- Developers of supermarkets
- Developers of housing projects
- Developers of sports facilities
- Bristol Water, regarding plans for a second reservoir
- Longleat Estates, owner of Cheddar Caves and Gorge
- Avon and Somerset Constabulary
Interfacing and consulting with external groups is still part of our work, and our members may also get opportunities to submit questionnaires, or attend workshops and exhibitions related to new development proposals. If you would like to have more of a say in these kinds of projects – beyond just writing letters to the local papers – come along to a My Cheddar meeting and/or add your thoughts in the comments. Once a proposed development moves to a formal planning application stage, the individual members who have been involved in these discussions are then much better placed to make an informed comment via the planning system.