Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

New Tourism Proposals

9.61 Policy EP7 seeks to maintain the District’s development strategy by directing tourism proposals towards settlements in the countryside and at the appropriate scale. Applications will be, by preference, located within either Yeovil, the Market Towns or Rural Centres. Proposals will be allowed in the open countryside where a rural location is essential or where the tourism facility is associated with a rural business or land use and will be subject to suitable protection of the District’s environmental, cultural or heritage assets. Where proposals would result in the creation of accommodation that is capable of being occupied for residential purposes on a permanent basis, the council will impose conditions on any permission granted specifying its use as holiday accommodation only. In all circumstances applications will have been expected to have considered sustainable transport opportunities and ensured access by foot, cycle and/or public transport where this is practical and achievable.

Policy EP7 New Tourism Proposals
 

In order to sustain and enhance the vitality and viability of tourism in the District new tourism proposals will be permitted provided that:

  • the proposals are of a scale appropriate to the size and function of the settlement within which they are to be located and would help to sustain and enhance the vitality and viability of the settlement;
  • the proposals ensure tourism developments are accessible by public transport, cycle and pedestrian networks where practically achievable; and
  • the proposals do not harm the District’s environmental, cultural or heritage assets.

Tourism development within open countryside must be relevant to and associated with the countryside location and be of a scale and nature not to conflict with the national directive for protection of the countryside.