Local Plan Review Issues and Options Regulation 18

6 Yeovil

Spatial Portrait

6.1 Yeovil is by far the largest settlement in South Somerset, and is the focus for employment, retail, services and housing in South Somerset. It is located on the south eastern boundary of Somerset, adjacent to the Dorset border and is surrounded by a rural hinterland of smaller market towns and villages.

6.2 Yeovil is closely linked to the A303 trunk road which runs east-west through the District. The A30 and A37 run through the town. There are two mainline railway stations, Yeovil Pen Mill on the Weymouth-Bristol line and Yeovil Junction on the Exeter-London Waterloo line. Neither station is ideally located, Pen Mill is on the eastern edge of the settlement and Yeovil Junction is located two miles to the south. However, there is a regular bus service from the stations to the town centre and Pen Mill has good pedestrian and cycle links to the town centre via an off road path.

6.3 Yeovil plays a significant economic role in the County and is the prime economic driver for South Somerset. The town is the heart of aerospace research, design and manufacture in Somerset, with a long history of aircraft manufacture dating back over 100 years. For context, it has 21 times the concentration of employment in aerospace than the national average and consequently there are a high proportion of manufacturing jobs in the town. There are also many jobs in health and social work and retail in the town but the town is under-represented in private sector services such as banking and finance. The town has high levels of self-containment and also high levels of in-commuting.

6.4 Yeovil has a range of food and non-food shops, with numerous national multiple operators. Some of the key services and cultural activities in the town include Yeovil District Hospital, Yeovil College, the Octagon Theatre, Yeovil Town Football Club, and the newly refurbished Westland Leisure Complex.

6.5 Some the core town centre functions of Yeovil are currently located elsewhere in the town. For example many offices including the Yeovil Innovation Centre and South Somerset District Council’s main office are now located outside of the town centre.

6.6 The car currently dominates travel with over 40%[1] of people travelling to work by car or van. So whilst lots of people who live in Yeovil also work in Yeovil, they do not walk, cycle, or use public transport to commute. Therefore, key traffic routes across the town suffer from congestion at peak times. The A30 Sherborne Road is one location where congestion is visible most of the day [2].

6.7 Yeovil is located in an attractive rural setting, within sensitive landscape defined by escarpments to both the north and south. There is a rich historic environment in close proximity to the town, including registered Historic Parks and Gardens, village Conservation Areas and Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Much of the town is surrounded by best and most versatile (BMV) agricultural land. There are several local wildlife sites and European protected species. The River Yeo flood plain runs along the eastern edge of the town. The Nine Springs Country Park just to the south of the town centre is a key asset and like much of the historic and natural environment provides tourism opportunities.

1. Census, 2011 [back]
2. Yeovil Transport Strategy Review, 2006 [back]

Housing Issues in Yeovil

6.8 The Local Plan proposes 7,441 new homes at Yeovil: 1,565 located within the Sustainable Urban Extensions and the remainder in the Urban Framework. This is captured in Policy YV1 (Urban Framework and Greenfield Housing for Yeovil).

6.9 In accordance with Local Plan Policy YV2 (Yeovil Sustainable Urban Extensions), outline planning applications have been submitted for 800 dwellings, land for economic development and associated infrastructure at Keyford (south area) and for 765 dwellings, land for economic development and associated infrastructure at Upper Mudford, Primrose Lane (north area)[3]. Council officers are working closely with developers and local communities to achieve high quality sustainable schemes.

6.10 Local Plan Policy YV3 (Yeovil Summerhouse Village) proposes an “urban village” to deliver at least 278 [4] dwellings on land between Stars Lane, Park Street/South Street, and Dodham Brook in Yeovil town centre. There are viability issues associated with the delivery of this proposal and its feasibility will be addressed as part of the Yeovil Urban Regeneration Framework Refresh project, which is discussed further in the Yeovil Town Centre section below.

6.11 Over the plan period so far, housing delivery at Yeovil has been below the annualised housing target[5]. The position as at 31/03/17 is set out below:

Figure 6.1: Housing Completions and Commitments

 

Dwellings

Net Completions (01/04/06 to 31/03/17)

2,385

Existing Commitments (as at 31/03/17)

1,361

Total

3,746

Source: SSDC Monitoring Database

6.12 More positively, the Wyndham Park, Lufton, and Brimsmore key sites are progressing; and the planning applications are in for the Sustainable Urban Extensions. The regeneration projects to be identified as part of the Yeovil Refresh will include some residential development and this will contribute towards boosting the housing supply within the urban framework.

3. Upper Mudford, Primrose Lane: 14/02554/OUT and Keyford: 15/01000/OUT [back]
4. An initial phase on 150 dwellings. [back]
5. South Somerset Authority Monitoring Report, September 2017 [back]

Employment Issues in Yeovil

6.13 The Local Plan supports Yeovil’s role as the prime economic driver in South Somerset as well as parts of surrounding districts. Policy SS3 (Delivering New Employment Land) sets a target of 44.84 ha of land and 3,948 jobs for economic development plus a further 5.16 ha and 1,565 jobs in the Sustainable Urban Extensions.

6.14 Yeovil has delivered the most employment land in gross terms (12.58 hectares) of all the settlements in the District but once losses have been taken into account (9.73 hectares) this figure falls to just under 3 hectares (2.85ha). Policy SS3 of the Local Plan is focused on net, new employment land delivery, and so the 2.85 hectares is someway off the target for Yeovil. However, the gross land delivery figure should be borne in mind when reflecting on what is happening in the settlement, and it demonstrates that the town is clearly capable of realising a reasonable level of new employment land. But, what the data is also showing is that other changes are occurring in the town, with high levels of existing employment land being lost to other uses, and changes of use generating net additional floorspace but without necessarily requiring new land.

6.15 Given that Yeovil is the largest urban area in the District, it is expected that there will be a degree of replacement, churn and loss as older buildings and premises become obsolete and new land/buildings are developed. To some extent, this represents the natural cycle of stock upgrades and replacement seen within all urban areas. The majority of losses have been to residential use.

6.16 Three employment allocations were carried forward from the old Local Plan (1991-2006) into the adopted Plan. These are ME/YEOV/4 Land south of Yeovil Airfield, ME/WECO/1 Land off Bunford Lane and the employment element of the Lufton Key Site, KS/BRYM/1, known as Lufton 2000. They all have planning permissions in place for employment development.

6.17 Figure 6.2 summarises the position as at 31 March

Figure 6.2: Yeovil Economic Development as at 31 March 2017

 

Land (Hectares) (Net)

Floorspace (Square Metres) (Net)

Complete

2.85

25,037

Under Construction

1.90

-124

Not Yet Started

23.63

56,683

Total

28.38

81,596

Local Plan Requirement

50.00

 

Residual Requirement

21.62

 

Source: SSDC Monitoring Database

6.18 The Local Plan Inspector agreed with the approach of having two larger urban extensions rather than a more dispersed approach to development around Yeovil [6] However, given the constraints around the town the options for further growth become more challenging to identify.

6.19 The emerging East Coker Neighbourhood Plan has reached the Pre-submission consultation and publicity stage (Regulation 14)[7]. The neighbourhood area includes the whole of the parish of East Coker which extends into the southern edge of Yeovil, where there are sites included in the following Options for Growth. The emerging Plan currently seeks to limit the number of dwellings in the Parish excluding the Keyford Sustainable Urban Extension to 65 dwellings over the period 2011-2028. The District Council has formally responded during the consultation period.

6. https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/media/700388/south_somerset_lp_final_report.pdf [back]
7. The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 as amended [back]

Options for Growth

6.20 Having assessed the evidence base, a number of options for housing and employment growth at Yeovil have been identified.

Figure 6.3: Options for Housing and Employment Growth at Yeovil

Option

 

Location

Comments / Constraints

YEO 1

Land north of Oak Farm

This option includes the HELAA site S/BRYM/0001/C and land to the east, which is not part of the HELAA but has been included as part of the option for a more comprehensive scheme. The availability of the additional land to the east is unknown.

The site is detached from other residential development but close to existing employment land.

The Peripheral Landscape Study – Yeovil [8]  identifies the land as having a moderate capacity to accommodate built development.

The option is located within BMV agricultural land.

It may be challenging to get an appropriate access.

As a mixed use development this site could accommodate around 3.37 hectares of land for economic development and 170 dwellings.

YEO 2

Land adjacent Yeovil Town Football Club

Planning application 15/03513/OUT is pending for the construction of a mixed use development (comprising A1, A3, C1, C3, D1 and D2 uses).

Development of this site would be subject to the re-provision of the public open space. Around 10 residential units are proposed.

YEO 3

Land at Brimsmore

This option combines two HELAA sites around Brimsmore House and fruit farm (S/YEWI/0001 and 0003).

The Peripheral Landscape Study identifies the land as having a moderate-low capacity to accommodate built development.

The option is located within BMV agricultural land.

The southern part of the site adjoins the curtilage of listed Brimsmore House.

Whilst the site was promoted for mixed use it is considered that it is too divorced from the rest of the settlement for economic development uses.

The site could accommodate around 200 dwellings.

YEO 4

Land at Marshes Hill Farm and at the junction of Combe Street Lane and A37

This option combines the southern portions of two HELAA sites (S/YEWI/0006 and 0007).

The Peripheral Landscape Study identifies the land as having a moderate-low capacity to accommodate built development.

The option is located within BMV agricultural land.

The site could accommodate around 50 dwellings.

YEO 5

Land north of Mudford Road

This option combines the two small areas to the south of two much larger HELAA sites (S/YEWI/0004 and E/MUDF/0004).

The Peripheral Landscape Study identifies the land as having moderate to low and low capacity to accommodate built development.

The site is partially within a Mineral Safeguarding Area.

The option is located within BMV agricultural land.

The site could accommodate around 60 dwellings.

YEO 6

Land at Key Farm, Dorchester Road

This option would form a southern extension to the Yeovil Sustainable Urban Extension – south area which is currently the subject of a planning application. The option consists of the northern part of the larger HELAA site S/EACO/0022 and a small southern portion of S/EACO/0024.

There is a County Geological Site located within the option. The listed buildings at Key Farm adjoin the site to the south east corner.

A Roman Villa, a scheduled ancient monument, is located close to the north-western corner of the option.

There are rights of way across the land.

The option is located within BMV agricultural land and is outside but adjoins an area of Flood Zone 3.

The site could accommodate around 460 dwellings.

YEO 7

Land at Greggs Riding School and land off Sandhurst Road and Gunville Lane

This option combines two HELAA sites the northern part of the site consists of Greggs Riding School (S/EACO/0020). This land is identified as having a moderate to low capacity to accommodate development in the peripheral landscape study and is BMV agricultural land. Protected Species are in evidence – brown long eared bat and there is a right of way across the land. In isolation this site is difficult to access and would involve the incorporation of existing properties as part of the scheme and a new junction from West Coker Road.

The land to the south (S/EACO/0003) is identified in the Peripheral Landscape Study as having a moderate-high and moderate capacity to accommodate built development. This part of the site is also BMV agricultural land.

A Roman Villa, a scheduled ancient monument, is located very close to the south east of the site on the eastern side of the A37.

There are rights of way across the land.

The site could accommodate around 500 - 600 dwellings.

YEO 8

Land at White Post / Yeovil Court

This option combines part of HELAA site S/EACO/0004 in addition to adjacent land to the east and west where there is believed to be developer interest.

The inclusion of the adjacent land could provide the opportunity to create a new access from West Coker Road.

The Peripheral Landscape Study identifies the land as having a moderate-high capacity to accommodate built development. Ancient Woodland is within a 500m buffer.

The site could accommodate around 130 dwellings.

YEO 9

Extension of Yeovil North East urban extension.

This option is an extension of the Yeovil north east Sustainable Urban Extension.

There are a number of heritage assets located close to the site including listed buildings and the medieval shrunken village of Up Mudford.

A local wildlife site is located to the north.

The Peripheral Landscape Study identifies the land as having a moderate and low capacity to accommodate built development.

The site is located within BMV agricultural land.

The site could accommodate around 680 dwellings.

The site was not identified through the HELAA.

YEO 10

Land at Bunford Hollow

This option is located to the south of Local Plan allocation ME/WECO/1 and forms the eastern part of HELAA site S/WECO/0011.

The site has been subject to pre-application public consultation for residential development of around 80 dwellings.

The Peripheral Landscape Study identifies the land as having a moderate-high capacity to accommodate built development.

The site is located within BMV agricultural land.

YEO 11

Land at Dairy House Farm

This option adjoins the Lufton Key Site and mainly consists of underused farm buildings.

The Peripheral Landscape Study identifies the land as having a moderate-high capacity to accommodate built development.

A narrow area of high flood risk extends along the river basin at the southern edge of the site.

The site could accommodate around 35 dwellings.

The site was not identified through the HELAA.

YEO 12

Lufton 2000

This option adjoins the economic development part of Local Plan allocation KS/BRYM/1 and has the potential to form an extension to Lufton 2000. It could compensate for the loss an area of employment land (see option 13 below).

Any development on the western edge would need to respect the setting of Montacute House and parkland.

The land is identified as having a moderate capacity to accommodate built development and consists of BMV agricultural land.

The site could accommodate around 5 ha of employment land.

YEO 13

Land part of allocation ME/WECO/1

This option forms part of allocation ME/WECO/1. Whilst the land is allocated for employment use the option presents an opportunity to increase the overall housing land supply in Yeovil whilst providing compensatory employment land at option 12.

The site could accommodate around 75 dwellings.

YEO 14

Land at Babylon Hill –West Dorset District

An option to develop in West Dorset was considered and ruled out when formulating the adopted Local Plan.

The Joint Local Plan Review for West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland Initial Issues and Option Consultation, February 2017, includes Option Y1 identified as having an indicative capacity for around 425 dwellings.[9] .

South Somerset has objected to this option on the basis that it is an urban extension to Yeovil rather than West Dorset. There would be significant infrastructure costs associated with developing this site. It is located close to an area of flood risk and a Site Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). A transport assessment would be required to be undertaken to assess the impact of development on the highway network and in particular on Sherborne Road and surrounding area.

If West Dorset pursues this option South Somerset District Council would seek to argue that a significant proportion, if not all, of the housing numbers should be counted towards meeting the housing need in South Somerset.

 

Figure 6.4: Yeovil Options

Figure 6.4 Yeovil Options 

 

Question 6.1

Which of the following options do you think should be taken forward through the LPR?

 

 

Options 6.1

Options for growth at Yeovil include:

6.1(a)   YEO 1: Land north of Oak Farm for mixed use

6.1(b)  YEO 2: Land adjacent Yeovil Town Football Club for mixed use

6.1(c)   YEO 3: Land at Brimsmore for housing

6.1(d)  YEO 4: Land at Marshes Hill Farm and at the junction of Combe Street Lane and A37 for housing

6.1(e)   YEO 5: Land north of Mudford Road for housing

6.1(f)   YEO 6: Land at Key Farm, Dorchester Road for housing

6.1(g)  YEO 7: Land at Greggs Riding School and land off Sandhurst Road and Gunville Lane for housing

6.1(h)  YEO 8: Land at White Post / Yeovil Court for housing

6.1(i)    YEO 9: Extension of Yeovil North East Sustainable Urban Extension for housing

6.1(j)    YEO 10: Land at Watercombe Lane for housing

6.1(k)   YEO 11: Land at Dairy House Farm for housing

6.1(l)    YEO 12: Lufton 2000 for economic development

6.1(m) YEO 13: Land part of allocation S/WECO/1 for housing

6.1(n)  YEO 14: Land at Babylon Hill –West Dorset District for housing

6.1(o)  Another option (please specify)

 

8. Peripheral Landscape Study – Yeovil, 2008, Figure 5 : https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/media/321353/peripheral%20landscape%20study_yeovil%20figure%205_landscape%20capacity.pdf [back]
9. https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/media/219492/Local-Plan-Review-Issues-and-Options-Feb-2017/pdf/Issues_and_Options_FINAL_WITH_COVERsmaller.pdf [back]

Yeovil Town Centre

6.21 Yeovil is the largest Town Centre in South Somerset. Food shopping (known as convenience goods) is spread throughout the town both within what is known as the defined Town Centre (identified in the adopted Local Plan Proposals Map) and outside, in other parts of the town. A total of £174.63 million in convenience goods expenditure was attracted to Yeovil in 2017, 48% of the total convenience goods spending attracted to the District. Of this spending, 31% was in the Town Centre and 69% in the rest of Yeovil. This isn’t surprising as the majority of supermarkets are located outside of the Town Centre and there continues to be pressure for this as the development industry believes there are no suitable, available and viable town centre sites to accommodate further growth in food shopping.

6.22 Comparison goods refer to durable goods such as clothing or footwear, in other words, non-food. The comparison goods expenditure attracted to Yeovil in 2017 totalled £392.35m, equivalent to 86% of the total comparison goods spending in the District as a whole. Food and beverage expenditure attracted to Yeovil is £90.86 million; 57% of the total attracted to the District [10].

6.23 By way of comparison with other town and city centres, Yeovil is ranked 160th by Venuescore (2016)[11], Taunton 90th, Bristol 13th, Bath 19th, and Exeter 22nd.

6.24 The household shopper survey carried out as part of the Retail and Main Town Centre Uses Study[12] indicates that Yeovil is the main destination for 35% of South Somerset shoppers for food shopping and 77% for non-food. When asked what would make respondents shop in Yeovil more often 51.5% stated ‘nothing’. A better choice of shops in general is the improvement most would like to see. The following summarises the suggested improvements:

Figure 6.5: What would make you shop more in Yeovil?

Figure 6.5 What would make you shop more in Yeovil.png

6.25 Looking to the future, the retail floorspace capacity at Yeovil is as follows:

Figure 6.6: Projected Retail Floorspace Capacity in Yeovil (sq. m gross)

Type

By 2024

By 2029

By 2034

(Total capacity over Plan period)

Convenience

14

555

1,078

Comparison

5,755

13,561

21,508

Food and Beverage

502

1,489

2,452

Source: South Somerset Retail and Main Town Centre Uses Study, 2017

6.26 The vacant units in Yeovil town centre could accommodate some of this growth depending on the size and nature of available units and market demand.

6.27 The Retail and Main Town Centre Uses Study does not recommend any change to the existing retail hierarchy. Yeovil is seen as having the best prospects for attracting investment from developers and multiple operators and should be the location for large-scale development serving a wider area. Policy EP10 (Convenience and Comparison Shopping in Yeovil) is addressed in Section 9 of this document.

6.28 The Yeovil Refresh project is currently underway. The regeneration projects in the Yeovil Urban Development Framework (2005) are being reviewed as part of this project. It focuses on investment and regeneration of development opportunities in the town centre including the Cattle Market, Stars Lane, and Box Factory sites.

6.29 Once the work has been completed it will shape the Council’s approach to delivery of mix of uses in Yeovil Town Centre.

6.30 The South Somerset Retail and Main Town Centre Uses Study [13]  project identifies nine development opportunities within and on the edge of Yeovil Town Centre.

Figure 6.7: Development Opportunities within and adjoining Yeovil Town Centre

Figure 6.7 Yeovil

Source: South Somerset Retail and Main Town Centre Uses Study, 2017 (Revised version of plan)

6.31 The overall development potential of each site for town centre uses has been assessed in the Study and is considered to be as follows:

  1. Cattle Market – Good
  2. Quedam Extension – Good
  3. Glovers Walk – Reasonable
  4. Box Factory – Good
  5. Stars Lane Car Park – Poor, due to loss of parking
  6. Olds Garage – Good
  7. Petters Way Car Park – Poor, due to loss of car parking
  8. West Hendford Car Park – Poor
  9. Bus Depot – Reasonable

6.32 Given pressure to develop outside of the Town Centre on cheaper sites, the Council could consider allocating one or a number of the above sites to clearly indicate the Council’s vision for Yeovil and focus the development industry into the Town Centre where the overall benefits to the community are considered greater. The Yeovil Refresh Project will help determine, refine and prioritise regeneration projects going forward, which could potentially be allocations in the LPR.

6.33 Projects will include public realm improvements, residential, retail and other commercial development as well as highways infrastructure. There will be a separate consultation process for the project.

Question 6.2

Do you think the Council should allocate sites for retail and/or other forms of development in Yeovil Town Centre? If yes, please specify the site and the type of development.

Question 6.3

Do you have any comments on the development opportunities within and adjoining Yeovil Town Centre?

6.34 The South Somerset Retail and Town Centre Uses Study suggests that the Primary Shopping Frontages in Yeovil make up a relatively small part of the Town Centre. The non-designated frontages provide flexibility in use. Therefore, in order to give greater focus on town centre uses in certain locations, it is suggested that there is scope to extend the Primary Shopping Frontage along the pedestrianised part of Hendford and along Westminster Street. The potential extension of the designation is illustrated in Figure 6.7.

Question 6.4

Should the Primary Shopping Frontage for Yeovil be extended as shown in Figure 6.7?

10. South Somerset Retail and Main Town Centre Uses Study, Lichfields 2017 (Appendix 5) [back]
11. VENUESCORE™ is an annual survey compiled by Javelin Group, which ranks the UK’s top 3,500+ retail venues (including town centres, stand-alone malls, retail warehouse parks and factory outlet centres). [back]
12. South Somerset Retail and Main Town Centre Uses Study, Lichfields 2017 [back]
13. South Somerset Retail and Main Town Centre Uses Study, Lichfields, 2017 [back]

Infrastructure

6.35 The Infrastructure Delivery Plan Update 2015/16 [14] identifies a number of infrastructure requirements for Yeovil, these are summarised below:

Figure 6.8: Infrastructure Requirements for Yeovil

Infrastructure Type

Project

Highways

The Yeovil Eastern Corridor project [15] proposes several improvements through the town centre and eastwards, and is being delivered incrementally using funding from developers and public finance (Priority 1).

The Yeovil Western Corridor aims to increase the capacity of key junctions to the west of the town, as well as enhancing walking and cycling links (Priority 1). This is an £11 million scheme, fully funded through contributions from local development and the Heart of the South West Local Transport Board.

A number of other highway improvement works are planned as part of the delivery of the Key Sites and the two SUEs. Under the terms of the Section 106 Agreement signed for the Lyde Road Key Site, the following highway works are proposed and will be funded by developers:

·           Lyde Road / Sherborne Road – conversion of existing junction to a traffic light signal controlled junction (Priority 1 - completed);

·           Upgrade existing Lyde Road / Mudford Road junction to a traffic light signal controlled junction (Priority 1); and

·           Creation of a roundabout at the Combe Street Lane / Mudford Road junction (Priority 1).

Significant road improvement schemes will be required in order to provide adequate access for the two SUEs. For the North-East SUE, a new roundabout is needed on Primrose Lane to allow access in to the west of the site (Priority 1). For the Southern SUE, a new fifth arm for the Keyford roundabout is required, and improvements to Little Tarratt Lane / A37 junction are also required (Priority 1).

There remain concerns over specific congestion hots-spots and poor traffic-flow along key routes (Priority 1), these include:

·           A30 (Reckleford) and its relationship with access roads into and out of the town centre, such as Wyndham Street and Market Street; and

·           Access to key regeneration sites in the town centre, such as: the Cattle Market, Stars Lane/Box Factory, Glovers Walk, and the Quedam Extension.

Rail

There is currently no southern rail link between Yeovil Junction and the southbound line (i.e. the so-called ‘south chord’ towards Dorchester). This limits both the potential to enhance services, and network resilience to extreme weather events. Options are being considered to address these issues, although some, such as more regular train frequencies on the Heart of Wessex line and a ‘south chord’, are not being considered until the long term.

Bus

The network suffers from a lack of connectivity in places. Sustainable travel schemes are being considered in order to promote connectivity with the SUEs. In addition, Local Plan Policy TA3 aspires to the creation of a sustainable transport interchange in the town, by seeking contributions toward this. Although there is potential to obtain funding from development, these projects are still to be fully worked up and are not yet funded (Priority 2 and 3).

Flood Risk and Drainage

The majority of flood risk and drainage problems relate to surface water and sewer flooding, with around 1,100 residential properties at risk of surface water flooding in the town. There are no Environment Agency (EA) maintained raised defences in Yeovil itself, but EA defences are in place nearby upstream at Barwick and Stoford. A Surface Water Management Plan for Yeovil to inform future development and drainage works is programmed to be prepared in 2015-17.

Utilities

In the short term, the Brimsmore key site needs to upgrade existing sewers, provide a new off-site mains sewer, and new booster station. Lufton key site needs to provide a new off-site sewer.

In the medium term, the South Yeovil SUE should provide a new off-site sewer and new off-site mains (Priority 1). In addition, Pen Mill Sewage Treatment Works requires a detailed Strategic Enhancement Plan in order to inform future investment needs, with a treatment works scheme required in 2020-25 subject to growth and water quality objectives.

The upgrading of the water supply grid will ensure sufficient capacity in Yeovil (Priority 1). This will be funded directly by Wessex Water and delivered in the short term (2018 – 2020).

Off-site electrical and gas reinforcement works will be required for the South SUE, and these have been factored in by the developer in their planning application (Priority 1).

Education

In order to accommodate Local Plan growth, two new primary schools are required in the short term: one associated with the Lufton Key Site, and another associated with the North East SUE / Wyndham Park site (Priority 1). Two further new primary schools are required in the medium term: one at Brimsmore Key Site (Priority 1), and one associated with the South SUE (Priority 2).

The Education Authority’s latest position regarding secondary school provision at Yeovil is that by 2022 there will be some demand. They will be commencing work on a feasibility study in 2018. This will seek to establish potential additional capacity in the existing academies and if there is a need for a new school.

Health care

The Local Plan creates the opportunity for a new health centre in each of the two SUEs, estimated to be delivered in the medium to long term (Priority 2), reflected in the outline planning applications for the SUEs.

Opportunities to provide integrated health care are being considered including Yeovil District Hospital’s ‘Symphony’ project.

NHS England and Somerset CCG are producing a high level Local Estates Strategy. This will fully assess existing health care capacity across South Somerset and will be used to inform any future needs. Initial indications suggest that provision in Yeovil will be highlighted as a priority.

Other infrastructure

New housing generates a need for additional open space and outdoor play space, sports, community and cultural facilities; although the timing of this has not been identified as fundamental to the delivery of planned development (Priority 2 and Priority 3).

Some infrastructure has been identified as part of the overall ‘offer’ within strategic development sites, for example, a new community hall at Wyndham Park, a bike park at Birchfield Park (both Priority 2) and one new sports ground in the town (Priority 3).

In addition, there is an aspiration for 40% green space at the SUEs in order to create a high quality urban edge landscape. A specialist strategic sports and recreation facility (Sports Zone) is sought in Yeovil to meet the needs of the whole District, as set out in Local Plan Policy HW2 (Priority 3).

A variety of town centre public realm enhancements (identified in the Yeovil Urban Development Framework) are desirable (Priority 3).

The future of Yeovil police station remains uncertain.

The long-term future of the Yeovil fire station at Reckleford is subject to discussion given financial pressures experienced by the organisation (Priority 3).

The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has identified that a new ambulance station is required to replace the current one, although this has seen significant delays from the original target completion date of 2012 (Priority 3).

 

14. South Somerset Infrastructure Delivery Plan Update 2015/16, Part One – Spatial Summary, January 2016: https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/media/814403/idp_2015_16_part_1_issue.pdf [back]
15. Somerset County Council project for road improvements [back]

Yeovil Airfield Flight Safety Zone

6.36 The Yeovil Airfield Flight Safety Zone is supported by Local Plan Policy YV4. It ensures that Leonardo is able to continue to use and operate safely their airfield in order to test and develop both civilian and military aircraft. No issues arise with regards to this policy.

Delivering Sustainable Travel at Yeovil

6.37 Policy YV5 (Delivering Sustainable Travel at the Yeovil Sustainable Urban Extensions) seeks to achieve 30% of travel from the urban extensions to be by non-car means. The measures within the Policy are based upon recommendations in the study ‘Delivering 21st Century Sustainable Travel in Yeovil’ [16]. The Policy is specifically related to the urban extensions and will be used as part of the consideration of the current planning applications at Keyford and Up Mudford.

 

Question 6.5

In addition to the infrastructure described above, are there any other infrastructure requirements for Yeovil?

 

16. Delivering 21st Century Sustainable Travel in Yeovil, Addison and Associates, 2011 https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/media/387058/reduced_delivering_sustainable_transport_in_the_21st_century_110519_.pdf [back]