Development proposals


Below are some links to information about local development proposals.

Cheddar Gorge – Future Plans | Bristol Water – New Cheddar Reservoir |  Sainsbury development, Steart Farm  (approved subject to Section 106) |  

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Cheddar Reservoir 2 – flythrough video

Sainsburys’ plan has now been approved.


Cable car proposal – from Cox’s Mill area to High Rock area:

  • Sherily Johnson.

    Do you think that 350 comment sheets returned is a good indication of how the village community as a whole feel? We have spoken to many locals who say what exibition.There were no notices outside The Bath Arms !!! Why?Local people must come out and have their say,it will be to late once the contractors have moved in.

  • Marianne McAleer

    Looking at this proposal, my heart plummets. The circular walk around Cheddar Gorge is so beautiful, so dramatic and, yes, so energetic that it is one of my all time favourite ways to pass an afternoon – at any time of the year. And visitors from any other country in the world never fail to be impressed by the raw, craggy grandeur of this special place.  This cable car route will blight one of our last really natural and awe inspiring local landscapes. No more will we be able to enjoy the peace and quiet, the echo of the blackbirds in the rain, the feeling of space as you gaze across the levels to Glastonbury, or westwards along the line of Mendip Hills towards the sea ….. the finest views in Somerset. 
         There are many wild places in the world that I shall never visit – places that I can only read about, or perhaps see on a documentary. Yet I am filled with happiness just to think that, somewhere, they exist. I know that, as I grow older, I shall not be able to take the long walks I have so enjoyed until now. But I shall find other places to explore – and be happy to think that there are a few wild places still existing for the next generation. It is disingenuous to suggest that this cable car proposal is being put forward for the benefit of less physically able visitors. Under the guise of philanthropy, what Longleat Estate plan for Cheddar Gorge is sheer vandalism.

    • Auriol Penniceard

       My feelings exactly.   I could not put it better.   Others sharing these thoughts could link up to

  • Harrietw

    We visited Cheddar Gorge for the first time this weekend. It was difficult to find the public footpath although we knew that they existed from one of the storyboards on the National Trust side of the Gorge. We eventually found one on the other side, signed by a handmade sign half hidden in a hedge. We climbed the path and found the view Marianne describes – wonderful. The lack of signage at such an impressive place seemed strange, so I have come to this site to find out the background. It felt as if you are not welcome unless you put your hand in your pocket. On another occasion I might be happy to pay to enter, but as a visitor the neglect of signage to non-paid for access to the landscape feels like a mistake. It would be such a simple, and relatively inexpensive thing to provide signage to public footpaths. 

    • Andrew Preston

       Agreed. I only found out about those NT walks 5 years after I came to live here.

      As for just about everything at the bottom of the gorge, up through the gorge, and the gorge itself… that’s completely given over to Mammon. It’s long been a place where the primary purpose is to generate income for Lord Bath, and his Longleat edifice.., and at the same time to invest as little as possible. And yes, for the visitor, the fleecing begins the moment they arrive in Cheddar.

      The latest plan is for a cable-car. A quick-fix yet again to earn some quick money, and to direct visitors to a new restaurant to be sited on top of the gorge.

      What is really required is a massive change of attitude.