Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

7 Rural Centres - Visions and Proposals

7.1 The Spatial Strategy identifies seven Rural Centres based on the findings of the South Somerset Settlement Role and Function study and the outcomes of the Town and Parish Council "Cluster workshops". These are the settlements that act as focal points for the surrounding area for retail and community service provision, and in some cases have an employment role. To promote greater self-containment and stronger local communities, the strategy requires these places to accommodate some housing and employment growth. Community facilities and services, which better meet the needs of the settlement and its surrounding area, will be encouraged.

7.2 The seven identified Rural Centres are: Bruton, Ilchester, Langport/Huish Episcopi, Martock, Milborne Port, South Petherton and Stoke Sub Hamdon. Growth reports of the individual settlements have been undertaken by the District Council and these form part of the LDF Evidence Base. The key issues, local aspirations, challenges and indication of what the Core Strategy will deliver for each settlement are discussed below.