Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

Spatial Portrait

5.1 The town of Yeovil (See Inset Maps 14 and 14a:Yeovil Town Centre) is located in the south of the County of Somerset, 40 miles south of Bristol and 20 miles east of Taunton and on the Somerset and West Dorset border. Yeovil is South Somerset’s largest town with a population of 43,658.[1] The town is closely linked to the regional trunk roads of the A303, A37 & A30 and has prospered as a strong economic and cultural base. It is an historic town with evidence of a pre-Roman settlement, medieval growth and a local economy based on cloth and leather manufacturing.

5.2 Yeovil’s residential growth has spread primarily north and west from the town centre and now extends to the edge of Lufton hamlet in the west and Brimsmore in the north. Growth in the Southeast has been contained in most part by a combination of the River Yeo’s flood plain, incised hillsides and historic estates; and the administrative boundary of Dorset.

5.3 Yeovil is an important employment centre within South Somerset, with a employment density of 1.40 (number of jobs to economically active population). The town has a high level of self-containment with over 74.5% able to live and work in Yeovil although there is notable in-commuting from the surrounding area. Yeovil accounts for a fifth of the County’s manufacturing employment, which includes a high proportion of jobs in the aerospace industry. Although Yeovil has a higher than average employment in manufacturing the town is also strong in health and retail employment alongside other sectors.

5.4 The town centre is almost four times the size of the next largest town centre in the District (Chard) and has the widest range of in-centre and out-of-centre retail facilities in South Somerset. The town centre has a good range of food and non-food retail uses, including a large Tesco Extra store and range of national multiple operators. There are two purpose built shopping centres in Yeovil town centre: the Quedam Centre and Glovers Walk. The Quedam Centre is by far the larger of the two centres and is occupied by national multiple retailers and covers a significant part of the northern area of the town centre.

5.5 The town has two mainline railways stations, Pen Mill on the Weymouth - Bristol Line, located in the Southeast corner of the town, and Yeovil Junction on the London Waterloo – Exeter Line, located a mile to the south of the town.  The two stations are not connected by rail.

1. ONS Mid 2007 estimate [back]