The blueprint, which will define the future housing, employment and  development needs of South Somerset for the next few decades is now  under the microscope.
Interested parties have until 12 noon on January 11, 2018, to comment on the issues and options that have emerged since South Somerset  District Council adopted its Local Plan in March 2015.

The document starts to consider the options for where new growth may  go in the future; and identifies potential new sites for housing,  employment and other forms of development in the various towns and  villages across the district.

Currently housing development has been greater than expected in Tatworth, Henstridge, Curry Rivel and Sparkford, while considerably less in Yeovil.

The document under review will consider if this policy should continue or whether there should be a focus on smaller settlements or even a completely new one.
Currently employment land is not being delivered at the rate required  to meet the current Local Plan. Sites in Yeovil, Crewkerne, Chard and Ilminster have not been delivered. The plan will consider if alternative  sites including new ones along the A303 should be identified.

Land and planning specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt can advise landowners who would like to make representations during the  consultation period in relation to their land.

However, if landowners do not want to make representations, but would  like to benefit from the uplift in value of their land being earmarked for development there are other options open to them.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt can advise on the most suitable course of action depending on each landowner’s preferences and circumstances.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt is a multi-disciplinary firm, with a dedicated Development Land & Planning department based in Taunton with  chartered surveyors and town planners who deal with planning and  development work throughout the South West of England.

As part  of the process the council is holding a series of public drop-in sessions where the consultation document can be viewed and where council officers will be on hand to help explain how they have got to this stage and answer any queries.

These drop-in sessions include:
21 November – Guildhall, Chard (4pm-7pm)
22 November – South Somerset District Council offices, Churchfields, Wincanton (4pm-7pm)
30 November – Great Bow Wharf, Langport (4pm-7pm)
4 December – South Somerset District Council offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil (4pm-7pm)
13 December – Henhayes Community Centre, Crewkerne (4.30-7.30pm)

For more information visit the council’s website https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/issuesandoptions.

Once the consultation period has ended, responses will help inform  the preparation of preferred options for the Local Plan, which will  again be the subject of further consultation.

For further information or advice, contact Mark Chugg MRICS or Russell Williams at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Winchester House, Deane Gate  Avenue,Taunton, Somerset, telephone: 01823 334466.