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

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Martock Parish Council 17 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Biodiversity and New Development Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1480
The issue of improving energy efficiency of new houses was formerly addressed well by the Code for Sustainable Homes. This has been lost and nothing has replaced it. A new local design guide is needed and one element of it should be to ensures houses are built in such a way that they are oriented in a way that can make maximum use of solar gain not only now, but so that they can take advantage of future developments in household energy management. Building materials themselves have a climate im
Martock Parish Council 17 Sep 2019

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

  • Comment ID: 797
The Neighbourhood Plan uses the indicative figure of the Planning Authority as the basis for its housing growth policies. We note that it is proposed that the contributions of Rural Centres like Martock to meeting the District housing supply is to rise by around 14% pa (from 7% of the overall target to 8%). This should equate to a rise from around 11.5 to 13 houses per year for Martock. This is not what is shown in the proposal which equates to an increase to 15 houses per year. We would like to
Martock Parish Council 17 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Housing Self-Build and Custom Housing Building Text Block

  • Comment ID: 805
Paragraph 9.36ff Policy HG4 (ii) attempts to ensure a balance of market housing types in small developments. It is a worthy but weak policy because of lack of definitions of key terms such as 'sustainable balanced community' or 'immediate environment'. Our experience in Martock is that small developments seldom contain such a balance; all tend to be 4-bed houses regardless of their immediate environment. Because many developments in the village are small (10 or fewer) we would like to see this
Martock Parish Council 17 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Settlement Strategy Scale of Growth for the District and the Main Settlements Text Block

  • Comment ID: 798
Paragraphs 5.66 and 8.47 We support an increase in employment land allocation. We are very concerned that the net daily out-commute to work from the village, now about 80%, makes Martock increasingly economically unsustainable. We favour extensions of employment sites such as Stoke Road and Bower Hinton where transport links to the A303 are best. We note, with support, that planning permission has been granted for a considerable expansion of the capacity of the Sparrows site north of the B3165
Martock Parish Council 17 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Transport and Accessibility Low Carbon Travel Text Block

  • Comment ID: 806
NPPF 150b identifies location as a factor in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Policy TA1, however, fails to include this. It does not make sense to have a whole list of comparatively trivial policies addressing this issue while at the same time planning to build large numbers of houses in villages like Martock where 80% of the householders will travel to work on a route where there are no commuter-time buses. We suggest an additional paragraph promoting the principle of building houses close
Martock Parish Council 17 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Rural Centres Employment Text Block

  • Comment ID: 799
Paragraphs 5.66 and 8.47 We support an increase in employment land allocation. We are very concerned that the net daily out-commute to work from the village, now about 80%, makes Martock increasingly economically unsustainable. We favour extensions of employment sites such as Stoke Road and Bower Hinton where transport links to the A303 are best. We note, with support, that planning permission has been granted for a considerable expansion of the capacity of the Sparrows site north of the B3165
Martock Parish Council 17 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Text Block

  • Comment ID: 807
Some general observations Firstly, given that SSDC has now declared a climate and environmental emergency we suggest that this set of policies dealing with climate change, the conservation and development of the natural environment (EQ1, 2, 4 , 5, 7), as well as HW2 (Green infrastructure) should be looked at again in detail. They lack the necessary specificity and targets to function well as planning guidance Secondly, we have observed over many years that developers take little note of elemen
Martock Parish Council 17 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Rural Centres Spatial Portrait Text Block

  • Comment ID: 800
In the interest of strict planning accuracy we would like Martock to be referred to as a village (or a rural centre) rather than a town; we do not meet the settlement criteria of a town used in the Local Plan.
Martock Parish Council 17 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Flood Risk Text Block

  • Comment ID: 808
This has been discussed above (point 4). We make the following additional general point. The language of flood risk, still used in Flood Risk Assessments, is now outdated. The concept of a '100 year event' cannot be applied under current conditions where both the magnitude and frequency of events are increasing exponentially. The National Flood Resilience Review (2016) summarises this succinctly (page 31) 'Our analysis .. indicates that on average there is a 10% likelihood of a region experienc
Martock Parish Council 17 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Rural Centres Spatial Portrait Text Block

  • Comment ID: 801
This section includes a significant statistic on the net out-commute from the village to work (80%). We appreciate the fact that the source and justification for this figure that has been shared with us. We suggest, however, that all such justifications, including the source of the data on which they are based, should be included within the document, perhaps in a technical annex. Paragraph 8.38 Employment sites We would like to see the potential expansion of the new Stoke Road employment site
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