Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

Retail Hierarchy

9.78 The basis for the hierarchy of town centres in the District required by PPS4 is set out in Policy EP10 below. Position within the hierarchy will define how new growth in general is to be distributed. Yeovil is to be the main focus for new investment in retail and other major facilities requiring high levels of accessibility. Town centres are also to be the prime location for B1a office development (Draft Policy EP2).

9.79 At Market Towns the range and quality of central area facilities need to be maintained to meet future needs and to allow for growth. Their retail and service role should be considered relative to the major regional centre, Yeovil, to help avoid greater concentration of these facilities at larger places. Rural Centres also need to maintain their retailing and office functions to support their position within the hierarchy of settlements.

9.80 The Evidence Base of the updated Retail Capacity Study builds on the evidence from the Baker Associates Settlement Role and Function Study for the hierarchy.

Policy EP10 Retail Hierarchy
 

Proposals to broaden the range of retail and leisure facilities in Yeovil town centre are encouraged.

Proposals that maintain and/or enhance retail facilities in the Market Towns of Castle Cary/Ansford, Chard, Crewkerne, Ilminster, Somerton and Wincanton are encouraged subject to the role of Yeovil in the retail hierarchy being safeguarded.

Proposals that maintain and/or enhance retail facilities in the Rural Centres of Bruton, Ilchester, Langport/Huish Episcopi, Martock, Milborne Port, South Petherton and Stoke Sub Hamdon are encouraged subject to the relative roles of Yeovil and the Market Towns in the retail hierarchy being safeguarded.

9.81 Major new regional scale shopping facilities will not be supported outside Yeovil in order to retain the validity of the retail hierarchy and focus shops where people have best access to them and to support and build on existing infrastructure investment.

Policy EP11 Presumption against Major New Regional Shopping Facilities
 

The development of major new regional-scale shopping facilities outside Yeovil town centre within South Somerset will not be supported.