Planning Consultations

29th June 2019

Message from South Somerset District Council Consultations
Dear Sir or Madam

Review of the South Somerset Local Plan (2006 – 2028) - Preferred Options Consultation

I am writing to inform you that South Somerset District Council is reviewing the Local Plan that was adopted in March 2015; this review will cover the period 2016 to 2036.

This Preferred Options consultation represents the second formal stage of consultation on the South Somerset Local Plan Review and follows the Issues and Options consultation which took place during late 2017 and early 2018. The consultation period will be from 12 noon 28 June 2019 to 5pm 18 September 2019.

A document has been produced to set 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. The document reflects the latest Government Guidance in the updated National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the evidence base produced to support the Plan process. The Local Plan Review will provide us with a refreshed policy framework that will guide and shape development in the District up to 2036.

The issues in preparing a new plan are wide ranging and will involve not just the Council itself, but also many other organisations and individuals. This Preferred Options consultation provides an opportunity to get involved and give your views and comments.

It is vital that as many individuals and businesses as possible respond to this consultation and your comments will be taken into account in evolving the next stage of the Local Plan Review.

You are able to view summary leaflets, the consultation document with option maps and the updated evidence base; and find a consultation response form to submit your representations electronically, on the Council’s web site at https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/your-council/your-council-plan-and-strategies/planning-policy/local-plan-review-2016-2036/  Hard copies of the document can be seen during normal opening hours in Council offices at Brympton Way, Yeovil and Petters Way, Yeovil and in libraries in South Somerset. Library locations and opening hours can be found here: https://www.somerset.gov.uk/libraries-leisure-and-communities/libraries/our-libraries/

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
Please be aware that all representations will be publicly available and may also appear on the South Somerset District Council website.

Once the consultation period has ended, responses made at this stage will help to refine the Submission version of the Local Plan Review, that stage will include a further round of public consultation.

If you have any queries regarding this letter please do not hesitate to contact the Strategic Planning team at strategy@southsomerset.gov.uk

Yours faithfully

Jo Wilkins MRTPI

Specialist – Strategic Planning