Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

Neighbourhood Centres

8.111 A Neighbourhood Centre is a small parade of shops of purely neighbourhood significance generally located within large residential estates and designed to give access to day-to-day, top-up items. New Neighbourhood Centres to serve proposed new developments should compliment rather than compete with the retail facilities in nearby town centres. This consideration is particularly relevant in relation to the local services and facilities that will be required as part of the planned Sustainable Urban Extension for Yeovil and the strategic allocation for Chard.

Policy EP14: Neighbourhood Centres
Development of Neighbourhood Centres shall be of a scale and type to meet the local needs of the area within which they will be located and must not adversely affect the vitality and viability of any town centres identified by the local authority.

8.112 The delivery of retail schemes will be private sector led, but scale of facilities in Neighbourhood Centres should be limited through Development Management process.

8.113 The following delivery bodies will be key in implementing Policy EP14:

  • South Somerset District Council;
  • Developers and Landowners.
Monitoring Indicators Target
Size, range and type of facilities in Neighbourhood Centres Successful establishment of a Neighbourhood Centre in Yeovil Urban Extension and 4 Neighbourhood Centres in Chard