Local Plan Review 2016-2036

The Council is undertaking a review of its Local Plan (2006-2028) that was adopted for the area in March 2015.

A Local Plan supports the Council’s long-term vision for managing and accommodating residential and economic growth across South Somerset. It addresses needs and opportunities in relation to where homes could be built, how the economy can grow, where community facilities could be created and vital infrastructure. It also includes the steps which will safeguard the environment, help the district adapt to climate change and ensure there is good design. This is in the context of national policy as well as other strategies and plans at District, County and sub-regional level.

The Council committed itself to a review of the Local Plan following concerns raised by the Inspector at the examination phase, regarding the housing and employment land allocations at Wincanton. The review has been used as an opportunity to ensure that the whole Local Plan remains effective and up to date, and will result in a new Local Plan covering the period 2016 – 2036.

The Local Plan Review is currently at the Preferred Options consultation stage.

The consultation is designed to involve as many individuals and businesses of South Somerset as possible so that your views can be collected and taken into account to help shape and evolve the next stage of the Local Plan. Whilst the consultation document is based upon evidence, testing it against local knowledge and “live” economic factors will make it stronger and more relevant as a result of resident and business input.

Therefore you may want to make comments that are specific to your area, such as:

  • Why you do not want growth/development where you live.
  • Reasons why you are supportive of the proposals/growth.
  • Comments if the evidence used is wrong or misunderstood.

If possible your comments should contain evidence, reasons and/or local knowledge to be as helpful as possible.

The consultation period on this phase runs from 12 noon 28 June 2019 to 5pm 18 September 2019. In this period, you can have your say online using our interactive consultation website where you can sign up for an account to leave your comments directly on the document. Using the consultation website allows you to make comments at the end of each paragraph, by simply submitting your comment into the comments tab.

There will be a series of public drop-in sessions where the consultation document can be viewed and where Council officers will be on hand to help explain how we have got to this stage and answer any queries. These drop-in sessions are as follows:

Date Town Location Time
09-Jul Martock Christian Fellowship Hall  4pm – 7:00pm
16-Jul Langport Great Bow Wharf  4pm – 7:00pm
18-Jul Castle Cary Market House  4pm – 7:00pm
23-Jul Crewkerne Henhayes Community Centre  4pm – 7:00pm
25-Jul Yeovil Gateway  4pm – 7:00pm
30-Jul Ilminster The Shrubbery  4pm – 7:00pm
01-Aug Yeovil Council Offices, Brympton Way  4pm – 7:00pm
06-Aug Milborne Port Village Hall  4pm – 7:00pm
08-Aug Chard Guildhall  4pm – 7:00pm
13-Aug Ilchester Town Hall & Community Centre  4pm – 7:00pm
15-Aug Bruton Community Hall  4pm – 7:00pm
20-Aug South Petherton David Hall  4pm – 7:00pm
22-Aug Somerton West Street Church hall  4pm – 7:00pm
27-Aug Wincanton Memorial Hall  3pm – 6:30pm

Comments can be submitted until 5pm 18 September 2019. After this the relevant and main issues raised will be extracted and collated to be presented to committee when we are ready to progress to the next stage of the plan process. Further consultation will take place in 2020/21.

More information on the Local Plan Review and the Preferred Options phase can be found by clicking here,  questions & answers can be found here,