Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

Health and Well Being

2.23 South Somerset is a relatively healthy district, with indicators used to measure health generally better than the England average. However there are general trends that bring health care challenges, such as increasing levels of obesity, declining physical activity levels and an ageing population.

2.24 Several wards in Yeovil and Chard are in the most deprived 20% in UK. 12% of the population of South Somerset live in the most deprived 25% Local Super Output Areas[1] in England and 11% of children under 16 live in low-income households. Average house price to wage ratio is approximately 9:1 based on house price figures in 2011.

2.25 Some residents, particularly in rural areas do suffer from barriers to housing and services, including access to a GP surgery, supermarket or convenience store, primary school and post office.

2.26 South Somerset has historically recorded lower crime levels compared with the regional and national averages, with trend data showing decreases over recent years[2]. Perceived personal safety is in line with the County and region, but there is a much higher fear of crime in Yeovil and Chard. Overall perceptions of community spirit are similar to the Somerset average, but they are relatively negative in Chard[3].

1. Super Output Areas are units of area used by the Office of National Statistics to gather and compare data [back]
2. SSDC Annual Monitoring Report 2010 - 2011 [back]
3. SSDC Place Survey 2008 [back]