MEMBERS at a group that supports local artists and community projects are hitting back after the council issued two planning enforcement notices.

Somerset Council slapped the notices on the owner and occupiers of the Zig Zag building and land in Glastonbury alleging breaches of planning control. in September.

The land owner appealed to the Planning Inspectorate, which has organised a four-day public inquiry starting on April 16.

A Somerset Council spokesperson said: "This means that interested parties now have the opportunity to comment by making written representations to the Planning Inspectorate concerning the appeal.

"All representations must be made by Friday, February 2. Any comments submitted after this deadline will not be looked at by the Inspector and returned.

"The Inspector requests that three copies of letters should be submitted but the Planning Inspectorate does not acknowledge receipt of correspondence."`

The Zig Zag has appealed claiming planning permission should be granted for what is alleged in the notice; insufficient time was given to take enforcement action against the matters stated in the notice; the steps required to comply with the requirements of the notice are excessive; and the time given to comply with the notice is not long enough.

The Zig Zag is crowdfunding to help cover its legal costs.

In a post, it says: "Zig Zag has supported numerous local artists and community projects, by offering low-cost or free space and hosting exhibitions, events and feasts that have been enjoyed by people locally and far afield.

"We host workshop space - fabrics/textiles, painting, woodworking, handicrafts, metalworking, dance/yoga/bodywork space, bicycle repair, and music studio.

"As a community, we prioritise living independently, exploring the possibilities of a low-impact and sustainable lifestyle. The Zig Zag is a unique part of Glastonbury's culture, loved by many.

"Should the council win, the Zig Zag would not be able to continue growing as a creative hub."

Representations to the public inquiry can be made via email to or in writing to Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN. Phone queries can be made by 0303 4445000.

Anyone making a representation must quote the full appeal address - Land and Buildings Known as the Zig Zag Building and Attached Carpark, Morland Road, Northover Glastonbury BA6 9FT, along with the reference numbers: APP/E3335/C/23/3333353 and APP/E3335/C/23/3333354.