Sports Zone location consultation event

From 16 to 18 July we invited local people to view the seven potential sites for the proposed Sport Zone and to have their say on the different locations.

Information on Sports Zone

The information on this page presents full details of the boards displayed at the exhibition and aims to:

  • Allow people to find out more about the need for sporting facilities for future generations
  • Show all of the possible sites that have been identified, as well as the shortlist, and allow people to give their feedback
  • Ask people for their top three preferences for possible sites
  • Allow people to ask questions
  • Help shape the recommendations that the planning consultants will make to the district council in Autumn.

Alliance Planning have shortlisted seven potential site options, including a number of new site options, having completed a thorough reappraisal of all possible sites in the Yeovil area on behalf of South Somerset District Council.

We asked the public to provide their opinions on their most preferred locations.

The final  Shortlisted Potential Sites in alphabetical order are:

  • Brimsmore Key Site
  • Bunford
  • Keyford
  • Land adjacent to Garador
  • Land East of Huish Park
  • Yeovil Recreation Ground
  • Yeovil Showground

View further information displayed at the exhibition including the initial long list, site surveys and how the shortlist was compiled

Further detail on each of the seven shortlisted sites is available to view on the Assessment of shortlisted sites

Have your say

If you were unable to attend the exhibition, but would still like to share your views simply email your comments to jw@alliance-plan.co.uk

We look forward to hearing your views. They will shape the recommendations that the planning consultants will make to the council in the Autumn.

The outcomes from this work will guide South Somerset District Council on the best possible site or sites on which to locate the Sports Zone as part of their development plans for the future.

Any future plans would have to go through the normal planning framework, which is subject to further consultation.

An initial long list of sites was identified from information acquired from previous site studies conducted in 2007, the sites highlighted by stakeholders and a desktop search study.

This search was based on finding sites that were at least 1.47 hectares in size to ensure they would be large enough to accommodate the Sport Zone.

Sites that were generally considered to be in major constraint areas such as flood risk areas, designated wildlife sites, historic parks, gardens and listed battlefields, archaeological sites of national importance, and key existing development sites within Yeovil were excluded from further consideration.

The district council has been working on the proposals as it is responsible for tackling current and future deficiencies in sport and leisure provision for the district's growing population, and needs to put plans in place the future.

Cllr Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at South Somerset District Council explained,  "We are inviting people to see everything that has been done so far and then give them the opportunity to tell us, bearing in mind all of the considerations we have to make, where they would suggest a Sports Zone for providing sporting facilities in the long term would go in the town.

"We really want to involve people in the site selection process, so we want the public to see all of the possible sites that have been identified, and help shape the recommendations that Alliance Planning will make to the council in the Autumn.

"Even in this financial climate, we need to think of the long term. The need is only going to grow, along with the population, and we'd be failing our residents if we didn't start to make plans for a project for the future. It's about preparing and having a project ready. It's our children and grandchildren that will benefit.

The community Sports Zone that has been proposed by South Somerset District Council could include a 50m-competition pool, leisure pool with flumes, fitness gym, indoor sports hall, indoor tennis centre and climbing centre.

The idea is to include the facility into the Local Development Framework so that contributions from local developers, alongside external grants could be put towards the cost of a phased project.

Earlier this year, South Somerset District Council invited hundreds of local sports clubs, schools and potential funding partners to help shape the process that has been used to whittle down a long list of sites to the proposed shortlist.

Cllr Seal added, "We know there is a huge amount of support for this kind of facility for Yeovil, but finding a location is sensitive. It's important that local people know what we are required to do in order to decide which locations are better than others. We have to consider so many things."

The council hopes that many residents will take this opportunity to see these proposals and share their views.

In April 2010, consultants Alliance Planning began a re-appraisal process to identify all possible sites around the town that could, size-wise, accommodate such a facility.

A report taking into account the results of the consultation event will be compiled and presented before councillors in the Autumn.