South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18)

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Barry James PHSW 19 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Rural Centres Land south of Hospital Lane Text Block

  • Comment ID: 354
Policy SP1 is titled "Housing Provision South of Hospital Lane, South Petherton". The policy states that the site will provide "about 45 dwellings, including 29% affordable housing; children's informal play space; public open space". This land is under option agreement between the landowners and PHSW. A previous application for this site (ref: 14/04142/FUL) for 89 dwellings with associated open space received officer support and was presented to Committee for approval, however was refused by Me
Barry James PHSW 19 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Settlement Strategy Yeovil Text Block

  • Comment ID: 355
Yeovil is the main town in the district and the Preferred Options allocates a relatively small number of key sites for development. It is understood that work is ongoing with the developers to bring these sites forward; PHSW has an interest in the Lufton key site. There is some further opportunity for growth around the town however SSDC may wish – in order to ensure an appropriate level of ongoing delivery of housing across the Plan area – to keep the opportunity open of distributing more dwell
Barry James PHSW 16 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Settlement Strategy Settlement Hierarchy for South Somerset Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1853
Policy SS1 – there is reference to enhancing the role of Primary Market Towns as "service centres", and rural centres having a "local service role". For the avoidance of doubt it would be useful if short definitions were included in Appendix 3 (Glossary) to explain/reinforce what is meant by these terms. Apart from this point, there is a logic to continuing a hierarchical approach, based upon evidence available and potential for development.
Barry James PHSW 16 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Housing Mix of Affordable Housing Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1867
Sentence 2 of Paragraph 9.26 is incomplete.
Barry James PHSW 16 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Settlement Strategy Housing Requirements for Neighbourhood Plans Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1854
Distribution of Housing – the document indicates that to meet the minimum identified need 716 dwellings will need to be built per annum. The annualised average within the current/adopted Local Plan is 725. For the majority of the recent years the figure of completions have fallen short of the requirement (ref: SSDC Five Year Housing Land Supply report, August 2018). The average over the last 12 years is 619 dwellings delivered. The Plan area has not consistently delivered its expected hous
Barry James PHSW 16 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Market Towns Chard Eastern Development Area Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1861
Chard 5.10 PHSW supports the continuing commitment to the Chard Eastern Development Area as the most appropriate location for growth in Chard, given the many benefits it provides to the town. 5.11 The adopted Local Plan Policy PMT1 stated: 5.11.1 Land at Chard is allocated for strategic growth to provide the following within the plan period and beyond: • At least 2,716 dwellings; • Approximately 13 hectares of employment land; • 2 new primary schools; • 4 neighbourhood centres (Avishay
Barry James PHSW 16 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Housing Nationally Described Space Standards Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1868
Space Standards: within Policy HG3 and elsewhere within the document there is reference to space standards. PHSW suggests there should be flexibility (again the use of "should" instead of "will", whilst useful, should be reviewed to ensure the policy provides sufficient flexibility). The main impact is felt on the smallest homes, and by building them at NDSS level the build cost of these smallest units increase. This affects affordability and can price people out of the market, forcing the
Barry James PHSW 16 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Settlement Strategy Distribution of Housing Growth Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1855
The approach described in paragraphs 5.38 to 5.42 is sensible and refers to relevant evidence upon which the approach is based. A mixture of large urban extensions and a wider range of (relatively) smaller sites is endorsed as a logical way to plan housing development in the Plan area. The Council must keep in mind the need to ensure that there is sufficient flexibility and therefore sufficient sites and proactive policies that will facilitate development as a core element of the Plan. Giv
Barry James PHSW 16 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Housing Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1869
Policy HG6 relates to the provision of gypsy and traveller sites. Experience elsewhere (Mid Devon, East Devon) – where allocations have been attempted within wider strategic allocations for mixed use developments have proven problematic. Paragraph 9.67 of the Preferred Options document states that small, family owned sites are favoured rather than multi-pitch/multi-family sites, and the Plan should therefore facilitate these. Any site allocations should be conducted with due consideration
Barry James PHSW 16 Aug 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Strategic Objectives and Vision Current Approach Strategic Polices Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1849
3.5 There are some typos in paragraph 3.9 ("polices" instead of "policies").