Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

What will the Local Plan Deliver?

Settlement Status

7.9 As set out in Policy SS1, Bruton is classified as a Rural Centre due to its retail, community service and to a lesser extent employment role. Identification of Bruton as a Rural Centre will enable the settlement to grow and expand its identified role by allowing for additional growth to encourage greater self-containment and broaden the employment base.


7.10 It is important to sustain and enhance Bruton's role as a Rural Centre, with a level of development that is commensurate with the size, accessibility, character and environmental constraints of the town. The Local Plan will therefore support the development of around 217 dwellings over the plan period, up to 2028. Of these 217 dwellings, 113 are already committed[1], with a residual requirement for 104 new dwellings, which is considered to be deliverable through the Development Management process. These dwellings need to be of mixed size although there is a locally perceived need for family housing and supported elderly person accommodation.


7.11 Bruton is very much a local centre with a high dependence on its strong, prestigious educational establishments. The supply of employment land is modest and in keeping with the settlement's scale and function. As set out in Policy SS3, a minimum of 2.56 hectares of 'B' Use Class employment land will be supported up to 2028. Of the 2.56 hectares, 0.56 is already committed, with a residual requirement for 2 new hectares, which is considered to be deliverable through the Development Management process.


7.12 As set out in Policy EP9, Bruton is a Local Centre in retail terms and the focus for any new retail development should be within the defined Town Centre. Proposals for retail development in excess of 250 sq m will be required to undertake a Retail Impact Assessment.


7.13 The Infrastructure Plan does not indicate the need for any 'critical' infrastructure[2] requirements to be provided in Bruton as a result of the proposed new development. It does however identify a number of 'necessary' infrastructure[3] requirements, which generally relate to open space and sports facilities.


7.14 The following delivery bodies will be key in implementing the proposed development at Bruton:

  • South Somerset District Council
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Developers and Landowners
Monitoring Indicators    Target   
Completed housing development in Bruton 217 homes built in Bruton between 2006 and 2028
Completed employment ('B' uses) floor space in Bruton 2.56 ha of 'B' use employment land built in Bruton between 2006 and 2028
1. Council's annual housing monitoring data, as at April 2011 [back]
2. See Glossary [back]
3. See Glossary [back]