Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

Purpose of the Local Plan

1.5 The Local Plan provides the approach for development in South Somerset and sets out the spatial elements of the South Somerset Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS)[1]. It sets out a long-term spatial vision, strategic objectives and policies to guide public and private sector investment up to 2028. It includes Development Management policies, which will be used along with national planning policy[2] to assess individual planning applications. Details on implementation and monitoring shows how the Local Plan will be delivered and sets out how individual policies will be delivered against the relevant policies.

1.6 The Local Plan has been set out to reflect the 5 Themes in the SCS[3] and within each section linkages with the SCS are identified. The SCS has been produced by the Local Strategic Partnership and is a statement of the local communities' aspirations, objectives and plans, which the Local Plan should deliver, where relevant, through its spatial policies and proposals. Spatial planning is not limited to things that the District Council control and therefore working with other partners to deliver the overall objectives for the District will be essential.

1.7 A major part of the Local Plan is planning for sustainable development with a strategy for delivering this within the District including identification of broad locations for employment and housing growth and policies for assessing development proposals. All policies include accompanying text, setting out the reason and need for the policy, and how the policy will be delivered and monitored where appropriate. It is important that the Local Plan be read as a whole. District wide policies and policies for settlements, for example, elaborate on and add to the spatial strategy.

1.8 A Proposals Map (Ordnance Survey based) is published alongside the written document. This identifies the spatial proposals of the Local Plan and inset maps show greater detail for individual settlements.

1. Shaping South Somerset, A Strategy for Sustainable Communities 2008-2026 [back]
2. National planning policy is contained within the National Planning Policy framework published 27th March 2012, any additional policy documents and retained planning circulars and statutes. [back]
3. The SCS themes are Wellbeing; Environmentally Sensitive; Thriving Economy; Well Run, Well Served and Well Connected; Well Designed and Well Built. [back]