Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

Martock/Bower Hinton

Spatial Portrait

7.33 Martock is a small attractive town in central South Somerset, on the southern edge of the Somerset Levels and Moors and just off the busy A303. Mill Brook and Hurst Brook flow between Martock and Bower Hinton to the South, before joining the River Parrett to the west. The town is surrounded by gradual undulating hills that are regarded as having high landscape value. It is well connected to Yeovil, which is situated 7 miles to the southeast.


7.34 Martock and Bower Hinton have a joint Conservation Area incorporating various Listed Buildings along the main road between the two settlements. Listed buildings are concentrated at the historic centres of Martock, Hurst and Bower Hinton. Areas of flood risk run through the centre from east to west between Martock and Bower Hinton. The land either side of the streams has been identified as part of the functional flood plain.

7.35 The population of Martock parish is approx 4,378[1]. The town has a good variety of services, however self-containment is an issue. The travel to work data shows that over 50% of the population out commute mainly to Yeovil, Taunton Deane, Crewkerne, and Ilchester and surrounds. Although the town is home to scores of small businesses that are clustered principally at Martock Industrial Park and the out of town Parrett Works. Redevelopment of sites, such as Paulls Court, have resulted in a loss of employment land. Providing more employment opportunities in Martock/Bower Hinton could potentially reduce the level of out commuting.

1. 2010 ONS Mid Year Estimates - Urban Area [back]