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

Comment ID 803
Document Section South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Rural Centres Retail Text Block View all on this section
Respondent Martock Parish Council View all by this respondent
Response Date 17 Sep 2019
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This paragraph is somewhat inaccurate. Because of the historic evolution of Martock from three villages and then 'Newtown' a commercial and residential centre around the railway station, there never has been a 'defined Town Centre' and retail outlets have traditionally been part of the whole ribbon. Although many have sadly now closed, this historical feature is still evident and we now see, for these historical reasons, most 'comparison units' in the outer ends of the ribbon and the 'convenience offer' in the centre. In fact, the village is arguably particularly well served by comparison stores; a substantial regional craft centre, hardware, household appliances, a pet store, a picture gallery and others. They are not, however, in what is now seen as the village centre but are all within official walking distance (10 minutes) of it.

Technically, our two larger general food stores fall under the definition of convenience store rather than supermarket (variety and choice of stock, width of aisles, parking places, opening hours). This distinction has a planning significance and we would like the reference corrected.