Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

What will the Local Plan Deliver?

Settlement Status

7.37 The South Somerset Role and Function Study (April 2009) identifies Martock/Bower Hinton as a Rural Centre this will enable the settlement to grow and expand its identified role by allowing for additional employment growth, the provision of additional retail premises and modest housing growth all of which will encourage greater self-containment.


7.38 To enable the settlement to grow and continue to expand its identified role 246 dwellings are proposed over the Local Plan period 2006-28. Of these 246 dwellings, 101 are already committed[1], with a residual requirement for 145 new dwellings, reflecting a scale of growth commensurate with South Petherton and Milborne Port.


7.39 Additional employment and retail opportunities should be exploited to strengthen the service function of the settlement and additional employment land is required to be developed to 2028 in order to broaden the range of opportunities and to provide greater self-containment.

7.40 It is proposed a total employment provision for Martock/Bower Hinton of 4.79 ha. However it should be noted that 1.8 ha of this employment provision is the saved Local Plan allocation ME/MART/2, Land West of Ringwell Hill on which they are intending implementing. There is a further 0.99 ha in commitments or lapsed consents (demonstrating acceptability in principle). There is provision for an additional 2 ha of employment land to provide an alternative option for employment. This should be delivered through the Development Management process so providing a flexible and early response to the provision.


7.41 As set out in Policy EP9, Martock/Bower Hinton 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. Proposals for retail development should similarly be considered through the Development Management process.


7.42 The Infrastructure Delivery Plan has identified a requirement for a fluvial flood risk defences, a community hall, new open space, sports facilities, play area and expansion of youth facilities for the settlement.


7.43 The following delivery bodies will be key in implementing the proposed development at Martock/Bower Hinton:

  • South Somerset District Council;
  • Town and Parish Councils;
  • Developers and Landowners.
Monitoring Indicators    Target   
Completed housing development in Martock/Bower Hinton 246 homes built in Martock/Bower Hinton between 2006 and 2028
Completed employment ('B' uses) floor space in Martock/Bower Hinton 4.79ha of 'B' use employment land built in Martock/Bower Hinton between 2006 and 2028
1. Council's annual housing monitoring data, as at April 2011 [back]