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

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Tatworth and Forton Parish Council 17 Oct 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 Housing Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1158
Rural Settlements The new policy SS4 which increases the level of infrastructure a rural settlement must have from 2 to 4 local services is welcomed. However, this strategy will inevitably eliminate most of the rural settlements in the region from being appropriate for growth. Rural settlements will now require 4 out of 6 of the following to be appropriate for new development: Local convenience store / post office; Primary school; health centre; pub; Village hall and/or community centre or fai
land value alliances 18 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 Housing Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1905
Draft Policy SS4 – Development in Rural Settlements 5.1 Paragraph 5.75 instructs that development via this policy should only be located in Rural Settlements that have at least four of the listed six services. This policy will cause settlements with only 1, 2 ½ or 3 of the listed services to be put at risk of becoming dormant - and those services unviable. We argue this is a short-sighted approach for a district that is rural in nature. 5.2 We argue there is a misuse of NPPF Paragraph 68a in th
DHArrison 18 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 Housing Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1126
I am a Parish Counsillor for Cary Moor and I am resident in South Barrow. South Barrow is one of four rural settlements that comprise the parish council. Access to the hamlet, which has no facilities other than a small children's play area and a church is via a road from Sparkford that is passable by two opposing vehicles with care and single-track roads from Babcary and North Barrow. As a rural development, the hamlet is already at capacity for new housing, there are no employment opportunit
Martin Roberts 18 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 Housing Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1399
b) Policy SS4 - Rural Settlements which requires Rural Settlements to have at least 4 of the following 6 key facilities to constitute sustainable settlements for development specified in Policy SS4, whilst still supporting 100% affordable housing in Rural Settlements which do not meet this threshold where there is an identified need demonstrated through a Local Needs Survey. This well designed policy would still permit appropriate development to meet genuine local needs whilst preventing specula
Church Commissioners for England 18 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 Housing Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1449
Policy SS4 outlines the criteria which development proposals must meet in order to be deemed acceptable in rural settlements. The policy states housing development in rural settlements must be commensurate with the scale and character of the existing settlement but then restricts the housing development site size to no larger than 1 hectare. No justification has been provided for this 1 hectare size limit and it is not considered reasonable to arbitrarily restrict development sites in Rural Sett
Pegasus Group on behalf of Gre… 18 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 Housing Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1616
Development Areas 5.27 Policy SS2 facilitates the delivery of housing within the development areas identified in the adopted Local Plan, which define the built settlements, and at allocations. 5.28 Policy SS4 relates solely to Rural Settlements, the least sustainable tier of settlements within the settlement hierarchy. This allows for development both within and adjacent to the built settlements. 5.29 The LPR therefore perversely adopts a more permissive approach to development at the least s
Browse 18 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 Housing Text Block

  • Comment ID: 311
We fully support the change in sustainability from 2 to 4 key facilities in rural settlements to prevent inappropriate development in small rural developments. We oppose unnecessary development particularly on agricultural land in such areas where there are no facilities to support this, the rural character of such areas would be changed forever. Brown field sites seem to be areas that could be used for development in smaller towns.
CRoberts 18 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 Housing Text Block

  • Comment ID: 595
Agree with the proposed change to the number of facilities a village must have in order to be deemed "sustainable" and appropriate for some development. Currently the number of facilities is two. Proposal is to change this to a minimum of four. Wholeheartedly agree with this proposal as too many smaller villages and hamlets are being targeted by developers just because they have a church (which hardly anyone goes to, certainly not the developers!), and one other modest facility such as a villag
Pegasus Group on behalf of Gre… 18 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 Housing Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1661
4.16 Policy SS4 relates to Rural Settlements, the lowest order of settlement within the hierarchy. 4.17 It identifies that development should only be located in Rural Settlements which have four of six identified services. Templecombe has 5 of these services, and yet is precluded from receiving additional growth owing to its classification as a higher order Village rather than a lower order Rural Settlement. This is perverse. 4.18 It is considered that it is essential to the soundness of the L
Crossman Tatworth 18 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 Housing Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1785
With respect to policy SS4 – Development in Rural Settlement, it is considered that the wording of the policy should be amended in order restrict the quantum of development capable of being delivered at these less sustainable settlements and in doing so help differentiate their role and function from the larger, and more sustainable villages. The policy should be amended to: 'i Development in Rural Settlements will be supported where all the following criteria are met: a. The Rural Settlem
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