Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

Henstridge Airfield

8.52 Henstridge Airfield is a site extending to approximately 142 hectares. It is located in open countryside close to the Somerset/Dorset border. It is remote from any large centres of population, its nearest settlement being the village of Henstridge. It is served by a network of rural roads and lanes.

8.53 Henstridge Airfield has a long and complicated planning history, the particular circumstances of the airfield and its history of use has required detailed and comprehensive consideration resulting in the production of a Masterplan. This was produced in consultation with relevant Councillors and Town and Parish Councils in South Somerset and North Dorset Districts, representatives from Somerset County Council and statutory bodies such as the Environment Agency.

8.54 The Masterplan[1] identifies:

  • areas where the 13 Masterplan spatial and development management criteria apply to general industry under use class B2[2];
  • areas that should be kept free from built development;
  • where there is a commitment to built development;
  • where there should only be built development in connection with airfield use; and
  • where there should only be built development in connection with recreational/drainage use to the east.
The approved Masterplan informs the interpretation of Policy EP6, in particular the acceptability or unacceptability of proposed development.
Policy EP6: Henstridge Airfield

Because of its remote, countryside location, permission will not be granted for further development at Henstridge Airfield that would unacceptably intensify the level of activity or materially add to built development.


8.55 The following delivery bodies will be key in implementing Policy EP6:

  • South Somerset District Council;
  • Developers and Landowners.
Monitoring Indicators Target
Built development at Henstridge Airfield in accordance with the Henstridge Airfield Masterplan Planning applications for new built development (not amendments to existing consents) to be in accordance with Henstridge Airfield Masterplan
1. Henstridge Airfield Masterplan, 2009 (approved by South Somerset Area East Committee on 8 July 2009) [back]
2. As defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Amendment (England) Order 2005 [back]