District Council starts Review of Local Plan

South Somerset District Council is reviewing the Local Plan that was adopted for the area in March 2015

Local Plans set out a vision and framework for the future development of the area, addressing needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the economy, community facilities and infrastructure - as well as a basis for safeguarding the environment, adapting to climate change and securing good design.

First stage for the South Somerset review is consultation on issues and options for the future.  A paper describing the issues and options is to be published on 26 October /issuesandoptions and residents, businesses and organisations are asked to comment and give suggestions during the period up to 11 January.

A series of drop-in sessions, where you can ask questions and discuss the issues and options, will start across the District from 1 November - please see the timetable below.  

Ric Pallister, Leader of South Somerset District Council, said:  "This consultation is a genuine exercise to take account of the views and opinions of residents and businesses alike, before a revised plan is produced.

"Shaping the future of the area - the countryside, the economy and our towns and villages - is important and everyone should have a chance to contribute.  TheIssues and Optionsdocument and questionnaire is just the start and should help us all to focus on the issues that are most important to the communities in our District. 

"Once we have evaluated all the responses, the work of producing a preferred options plan will begin.  There will then be a further round of consultation.  At this stage no decisions have been made.

"Whilst the Issues and Options document is based upon evidence, only by testing that against local knowledge and "live" economic factors can we move to the decision-making phase, with a document that will be stronger and more relevant as a result of the input from residents and businesses."

South Somerset Local Plan Review:  Issues & Options drop-in events

Somerton

Edgar Community Hall, Somerton Business Park, Somerton

TA11 6SB

Wednesday

1 November

4.00 - 7.00pm

Langport

Great Bow Wharf, Bow Street, Langport,

TA10 9PN 

Thursday

30 November

4.00 - 7.00pm

Yeovil

District Council Offices Brympton Way

BA20 2HT

Thursday

2 November

4.00 - 7.00pm

Yeovil

District Council Offices Brympton Way

BA20 2HT 

Monday

4 December

4.00 - 7.00pm

Wincanton

District Council Offices, Churchfields, Wincanton

BA9 9AG

Wednesday

22 November

4.00 - 7.00pm

Castle Cary

The Market House, Market Place, Castle Cary

BA7 7AH

Tuesday

7 November

4.00 - 7.00pm

Ilminster

Swanmead Community School
Ditton Street, Ilminster

TA19 OBL

Thursday

9 November

4.30 - 7.30pm

Chard

The Guildhall, Fore Street, Chard

TA20 1PP

Tuesday

21 November

4.00 - 7.00pm

Crewkerne

Henhayes Community Centre, Crewkerne

TA18 8DA

 

Wednesday

13 December

4.30 - 7.30pm