Consultations and Surveys
Your voice is important to us and will help shape the future of this district.
We regularly conduct consultations to get your views on key issues and run surveys to ensure your feedback is an important part of our decision-making process.
On this page you will find links to our current and future consultations and surveys.
Council Tax Support scheme 2021/22
The Council is looking to implement a new Council Tax Support scheme within the Council’s area from 2021/22. Council Tax Support is a means-tested discount to help people on low incomes pay their Council Tax. It is a local scheme run by South Somerset District Council that replaced Council Tax Benefit. No money is paid to the people who claim it as their award is used to reduce their Council Tax bill by the amount of support they are entitled to.
How does this consultation may affect me?
The Council Tax Support Scheme is funded through the Council Tax that residents of South Somerset pay. Therefore, it is important to get the views of all Council Tax payers regardless of whether you receive Council Tax Support or not.
The consultation will be from 24th September 2020 to 4th November 2020
Following the consultation, a report will be presented to the Council's Scrutiny Committee detailing the results of the consultation and proposals for the Council Tax Support scheme in 2021/22.
South Somerset District Council elected members will then make a final decision before 31st January 2021.
Yeovil Refresh: Public Realm Design guide & Shopfront guide - CLOSED
The Public Realm Design guide is intended to provide a clear foundation for all future public realm schemes in Yeovil town centre. It will help create a guide for developers to follow when designing public areas. It will be adopted by the council as a Supplementary Planning Document which will add detail to the existing planning policies in the town centre.
A Shopfront guide provides guidance for the designs of new shopfronts as well as for alterations, replacement and restoration of existing shopfronts, both in historic and contemporary settings.
The guide aim to set out basic principles of good shopfront design and to help to create enjoyable and attractive shopping areas in Yeovil. The guide is part of the Public Realm Design Guide so will be a key part of the Supplementary Planning Document.
You can view the Shopfront guide here
We are seeking your views on the documents as a formal element of their adoption as planning policy documents.
We are therefore seeking your views on any amendments or additions that you feel should be made to the documents. This should be substantive comments to help inform the final version of the Public Realm Design guide.
Yeovil Recreation Centre user survey - CLOSED
We are undertaking a survey to better understand visitors use of Yeovil Recreation Centre (YRC) and to better understand how users of YRC will interact with the new community room and cafe facilities once built in 2020.
Please help us by completing our survey online. It generally takes less than five minutes to complete.
The survey will close at 9am on Monday 6 January 2020.
NOTE: This survey has now closed.
Local Plan: preferred options consultation - CLOSED
The Council is undertaking a review of its Local Plan (2006-2028) that was adopted for the area in March 2015.
The Local Plan Review is currently at the Preferred Options consultation stage.
You can view the Preferred options document here. Hard copies of the document are also available during normal office hours in the District Council offices in Yeovil or libraries across the district.
The document sets out for consultation the Council’s proposed strategy for delivering new homes and employment over the period 2016 to 2036, including site allocations and policies against which planning applications will be assessed.
More information can be found here.
Yeovil Refresh: public realm consultation - CLOSED
South Somerset District Council plans to regenerate the town centre of Yeovil through multiple projects as part of the adopted Yeovil Refresh strategy.
As part of this, the council is looking to enhance the public realm, including the streets and spaces, to make Yeovil more attractive for residents, businesses and tourists.
The purpose of this consultation is to provide local people and stakeholders the opportunity to view and comment on the emerging public realm designs.
Your comments and feedback will help shape the proposals.
The plans can be viewed online and you can complete our online questionnaire between the consultation period.
For more information, visit this page.
Public Space Protection Order proposals for Yeovil town centre - CLOSED
We are seeking your views on proposals to control the anti-social behaviour of street drinking of alcohol and also street begging.
In order to control the street drinking of alcohol and street begging, we would be looking to make two separate Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO). Each nuisance needs its own PSPO.
A PSPO can last no longer than three years but can be renewed if necessary. Failure to comply with the order can result in a fine or a fixed penalty notice.