Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

What will the Core Strategy Deliver?

Appropriate Scale of Growth

5.9 The now revoked South West Regional Spatial Strategy envisaged major growth of housing and employment for Yeovil. (11,400 dwellings and 43 hectares of employment land) including an appreciable greenfield urban extension in order to maintain the towns' role and function as a strategically significant town. With this scale of growth looking unrealistic in terms of practical house building rates and limited potential for development within the built up urban area, a significant scale of growth beyond the existing built up area is required to service and enable the Yeovil economy to grow to its expected potential. For Yeovil as a whole a scale of growth of some 8,200 dwellings can be justified to ensure 16,600 dwellings for the District overall. This is the level of growth identified by Baker Associates in their work on appropriate growth levels within Somerset to enable maximum employment growth potential for Yeovil's travel to work area. This work is being reviewed currently in the light of changing economic circumstances and changing government policy. The outcome will inform the process of determining the provision and will be put forward in the Publication Plan for submission for examination.