Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

Garden City Suburb

5.41 It was originally proposed that both the urban extension and the ‘Summerhouse Village’ (previously known as Yeovil urban village – see Policy YV4) would be developed to ‘eco town’ standards. The PPS: Eco-Towns Supplement to PPS1 is subject to review by the Government however the District Council still aspires for the urban extension and Summerhouse Village to achieve the highest sustainability standards possible. In particular the following standards are to be pursued for the two strategic locations for Yeovil.

  • 40% greenspace – an aspiration in keeping with the Yeovil Vision and the high quality urban edge landscape of Yeovil;
  • A minimum of 30% affordable housing to achieve the garden town aspirations of the Council for the Urban Extension – the Council’s target is 35%;
  • More options for non-car travel (50% of trips should be non-car) – the high usage levels of traffic on Yeovil’s roads throughout the network point to retention of this standard to enable maximum development and development benefits at minimum adverse traffic impact;
  • 1 job per household provided on site – this enables a new sustainable community less controlled by the need to use the car;
  • Homes accessible to public transport – the need to promote viable public transport in Yeovil is clear.

5.42 It is felt that the Government’s current review of Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes is a less onerous and cheaper to deliver standard, and that there is little rationale in providing more aggressive standards in the urban extension which would be at a cost to occupiers and developers alike. However all other standards expressed above should be pursued.

5.43 The Government’s aspiration in the NPPF[1] for the promotion of garden city principles is considered to fit well with the Sustainable Urban Extension and these principles will be pursued through the Extension:

5.44 Other standards for sustainable development should also be pursued where possible as set out below

  • minimise vulnerability to the changing climate;
  • meet lifetime homes standards;
  • access to one employment opportunity per dwelling that is easily reached by walking, cycling and/or public transport;
  • homes should be within a 10 minute walk of a frequent bus service and neighbourhood services;
  • designed and planned to support healthy and sustainable environments;
  • complement and enhance existing landscape character;[2]
  • conserve and, where appropriate, enhance heritage assets and their settings;[3]
  • a net gain in local biodiversity;[4]and contributes to the green infrastructure strategy and to the conservation objectives of nearby designated Natura 2000 sites.
  • incorporate measures to ensure efficient use of water, improve water quality and prevent surface water flooding;
  • include a sustainable waste and resources plan which sets ambitious targets for residual waste levels, recycling levels and landfill diversion.
  • Long term governance structures should be in place to ensure high sustainability standards are achieved and change is effectively managed.
The achievement of these standards will establish the urban extension and Summerhouse Village as exemplars that will demonstrate the benefits of sustainable living.

5.45 The Council have undertaken detailed studies on waste efficiency and renewable energy delivery in association with the urban extension under the Government’s former Eco Town Initiative. These have produced

  • a site waste management plan for construction of the extension
  • a range of sustainability targets for waste processing, management and recovery from household, commercial and construction waste sources
  • and a series of measures by which these might be achieved
  • an aspiration for district heating to achieve code for sustainable homes level 6 and promotion of a combined heat and power scheme (possibly biomass generated) to potentially be allied with other heat generating or heat demanding land uses within Yeovil
  • Promotion of photo voltaic energy generation on rooftops of the extension
1. NPPF March 2012 [back]
2. Further detail on this is included in the ‘Yeovil Peripheral Landscape study’ September 2008 [back]
3. This is considered in the ‘Yeovil Historic Environmental Assessment’, July 2010 [back]
4. This will be informed by the ‘Yeovil Ecotown biodiversity baseline and scoping report’ July 2010 [back]