Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

What will the Local Plan Deliver?

Settlement Status

7.61 The South Somerset Role and Function Study (April 2009) identifies South Petherton 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.


7.62 To enable the settlement to grow and continue to expand its identified role 245 dwellings are proposed over the Local Plan period 2006-28. Of these 245 dwellings, 151 are already committed[1], with a residual requirement for 94 new dwellings, reflecting a scale of growth commensurate with Martock and provision for the rest of the Plan period beyond the build out of current commitments and secure a level of provision capable of supporting local services.


7.63 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.

7.64 In previous Local Plans, efforts were made to find a site to potentially meet the needs of local employment users in this part of the District. No acceptable alternatives at that time were found to the Lopen Head Nursery site (1.8 hectares). As such, historically it has been considered as part of the employment provision for South Petherton and other settlements.

7.65 It is proposed a total additional employment provision for South Petherton of 2 ha to promote an alternative option for employment. This is not a strategic issue and any land should be adequately delivered through the Development Management process. It will be through this process that the location of new employment land will be affirmed and in light of national and local policy this previous association of Lopen Head employment can't be presumed.


7.66 As set out in Policy EP9, South Petherton 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.


7.67 The Infrastructure Delivery Plan has identified a requirement for a replacement surgery, expansion of youth facilities, an extension to the community hall, new open space and expansion of formal pitches and changing facilities for the village.


7.68 The following delivery bodies will be key in implementing the proposed development at South Petherton:

  • South Somerset District Council
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Developers and Landowners
Monitoring Indicators Target
Completed housing development in South Petherton 245 homes built in South Petherton between 2006 and 2028
Completed employment ('B' uses) floor space in South Petherton 3.8 ha of 'B' use employment land built in South Petherton between 2006 and 2028
1. Council's annual housing monitoring data, as at April 2011 [back]