PROPOSED SUBMISSION LOCAL PLAN 2006-2028 - Aug 12

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P Benham 10 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Introduction Sustainable Development Sustainable Development

  • Comment ID: 792
There is no recognition in this document of the need to preserve agricultural land in view of coming world food supply shortages. The future generation will not thank us. Whether or not we grow food on our land ought not to be in question when before long it will become a matter for survival.
P Benham 10 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Transport and Accessibility Transport and Accessibility

  • Comment ID: 788
The switch from car to public transport cannot be achieved without improving the provision of bus and train services. Economic viability is the limiting factor here for the operators. Companies have been reducing their rural services in recent years. There are also many destinations not well served by public transport. I hardly ever use it as I am a pensioner and live half a mile from the nearest bus stop which has to be approached along a main raod without a footpath. There is no direct bus rou
P Benham 09 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Spatial Portrait of South Somerset Rural Employment Rural Employment

  • Comment ID: 737
Farming is the chief industry of the West Country. The UK will be effected like everywhere else in the world when the predicted food security crisis hits us in the coming decades. It is incompetent to prepare a local plan in a rural district without recognition of the currect role of farming or its readiness to meet demands for national food self-suffiency in the future. All agricultural land should be protected from any development and currect proposals revised accordingly. Too much of a "town"
P Benham 08 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Strategic Objectives and Vision The Vision for 2028 The Vision for 2028

  • Comment ID: 513
This vision is a nice schooldays dream essay with no sense of reality. In fact the future is likely to be very difficult. Proposed development on agricultural land in this district is incompatible with a predicted need for greater food self sufficiency in the coming decades. Imports of foodstuffs will decline as climate change damages food production in other countries - note the current devastating drought in the United States - and as the world population increases alarmingly there will be no
P Benham 08 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Settlement Strategy Scale of Growth for the District and the Main Settlements Housing Housing Paras 4.70-4.77 Tables 2a and 2b

  • Comment ID: 522
The premise that economic growth is reliant upon ongoing house building is flawed. It it were true it would have to go on for ever. Where would we be then? Economic health and wellbeing is better served by the consolidation and improvement of what is there already. The present-day tax-payers of this district are being subject to the hurtful effects of a philosophy which they do not support and which is being imposed on them from above. This is the antithesis of democracy.
P Benham 08 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Housing Housing

  • Comment ID: 497
Too much office jargon in this statement on housing policy. What is a sustainable house? One that won't fall down next week? No building can be described as sustainable if it destroys land that could be used for growing food. What is a balanced community? All ages: rich and poor? In other words any community anywhere. What a load of empty rubbish. More useful to talk about refurbishing the large number of empty properties that could be made available.
P Benham 08 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Proposals Maps Proposals Map Contents

  • Comment ID: 492
The zoning in the maps is quite unreadable using the key in which the hatching and dots are shown on a different less concentrated scale. The colours are also too similar. Interpretation might have been made easier with added initials such as FR for flood risk. As it stands it is meaningless to the ordinary reader.
P Benham 07 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Market Towns - Vision and Proposals Local Market Towns - Langport/Huish Episcopi What will the Local Plan Deliver? Langport/Huish Episcopi - What will the Local Plan Deliver? Policy LMT2

  • Comment ID: 451
Ref Local Plan to 2028: Re. Housing, more of it does not sustain an area. Sustainablity is the consolidation of the quality of life and the natural environment of the existing community. I don't think the Council is concerned for the existing community but is looking towards gaining money from developers and an increased number of local tax-payers. The need for more housng is a myth all the while there are empty properties and also existing houses for sale. As to Employment, why no mention of l
P Benham 07 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Market Towns - Vision and Proposals Local Market Towns - Langport/Huish Episcopi Local Aspirations Langport/Huish Episcopi - Local Aspirations

  • Comment ID: 448
"Heart of the Levels", though much used, is a false description of the position of Langport in relation to the Somerset Levels. It is just about on the eastern edge of the Levels but no more than that. The rest of the Aspirations reads like the sort of thing that can be said about any other English small town.
P Benham 06 Aug 2012

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028 Market Towns - Vision and Proposals Local Market Towns - Somerton What will the Local Plan Deliver? Somerton - What will the Local Plan Deliver? Policy LMT3

  • Comment ID: 383
The Council's leaflet for the current plan to 2028 states that they have made changes to refect what the community wants after the previous consultation. This is not the case in Somerton, where both the Town Council and residents have objected to the proposed housing development to the west of the town. The District Council is meant to be serving and caring for the needs of their current tax-payers and should not be causing them worry and unhappiness. The Council seems to be going through the mo