New Proposal for 49 houses in Horton


August 2023

Galion (the developers) have issued a new application 23/01649/FUL. This is NOT an appeal for the original application set up in 2020 ref 20/03277/FUL.

Please note the 140+ comments and objections from the 2020 application will not be carried forward. If you made a comment or objection to the original application online, you will have to go onto the Somerset website and repeat or update your earlier entry using application ref 23/01649/FUL. The deadline for this recent application has now been extended for comments up to and including the 28th August. Alternatively, you can write direct to Somerset Council.

To get to the main Somerset Planning webpage and enter the search for application 23/01649/FUL go to:

If unsure, please call, visit or email a Horton councillor or get in touch via our clerk on or phone as shown in this website.

Volunteer to be an Independent Visitor or Advocate for children in Somerset


November 2022

Volunteer to be an Independent Visitor or Advocate for children in Somerset.

These are fascinating and inspiring opportunities, which can bring real benefits to vulnerable children and young people. (Travel and reasonable expenses are reimbursed.)

You can help children and young people understand their rights and ensure that their views, wishes and feelings are heard.

What is an Independent Visitor?

Independent Visitors are volunteers who befriend and spend time with a child or young person who is in the care of the Local Authority. By law all local authorities have to provide an Independent Visitor service.

In Somerset our intention is to encourage the relationship between the Independent Visitor and young person to continue beyond care. This way the care leavers continue to benefit from support, while making the transition to young adulthood. Independent Visitors are highly valued by the young people as they may be the only person involved in their lives who is not paid to be there.

What is an Advocate?

An Advocate is an independent person who can offer one-to-one support to children and young people to have their voice heard when meetings are taking place concerning their wellbeing. It’s the role of the Advocate to speak up for the young person, make them aware of their rights, listen to them and represent their views, wishes and feelings. Why not join our bank of advocates? You chose when you’re available.

Your volunteering can be arranged to suit your availability. Your life experience will be highly valued and you will be trained and supported in developing key skills.

Please contact us and we will arrange a short visit or call to explain more and discuss your options.

For more information, visit our website at

01749 822801

Somerset Carers


September 2022

Somerset Sight


July 2022