Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

Milborne Port

Spatial Portrait

7.44 Milborne Port is an historic settlement located in the south-east of the District near the Dorset border and the edge of the Blackmore Vale. The River Gascoigne flows south through the village, and the A30 runs west to east through the village centre, providing a direct road connection to the larger towns of Sherborne 3 miles away and Yeovil (8 miles), both to the west. There is access to railway stations at Yeovil and Sherborne.

Milborne Port

7.45 Milborne Port is noted for its 'New Town' Conservation Area in the west of the village with a second Conservation Area encompassing the village centre. Much of the countryside surrounding the village is considered to be of high landscape value, including a Historic Garden to the south east. Areas of flood risk run through the centre from the north to the south and there are also groundwater protection zones in the vicinity of Milborne Port.

7.46 The population of the parish is approximately 2,586[1]. Self containment is an issue; there are approximately 1,300 economically active residents in Milborne Port but only 350 jobs, meaning only around a quarter of residents in the village who work are able to access jobs in the village[2]. This suggests that more employment opportunities should be provided in Milborne Port. The lack of jobs in Milborne Port has consequently created high levels (71%) of out commuting. More employment opportunities in the village could potentially reduce the level of out-commuting.

1. ONS Mid Year estimates 2010 - Urban Area [back]
2. South Somerset Role and Function Study Final report April 2009 [back]