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PROPOSED SUBMISSION LOCAL PLAN 2006-2028 - Aug 12

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

Distribution of Housing Growth

4.82 The key starting point for distributing the identified scale of housing growth across the District and throughout the Settlement Hierarchy is a Sustainability Appraisal of options. A Sustainability Appraisal has been undertaken to assess the appropriate level of growth for Yeovil in comparison with the Market Towns, Rural Centres and Rural Settlements. It assessed three scenarios for growth:

  1. Most of the District's growth (75%) in Yeovil;
  2. 50% of the District's growth in Yeovil; or
  3. Less than half (25%) of the District's growth in Yeovil.

4.83 The Sustainability Appraisal concludes that half of the District's growth is the appropriate level because it has the most economic benefits, enables a good level of accessibility to services and facilities, and helps to meet housing need where it is greatest at Yeovil. Negative environmental effects are likely from all options, and mitigation measures are proposed to overcome these, but a focus on development at Yeovil should reduce the need to travel, offers greater potential to use alternatives to the car and would avoid the character of the wider rural area being too adversely affected.

4.84 Sustainability Appraisal has been undertaken of the revised distribution of housing growth for the rest of the District, from that presented in the Draft Core Strategy. This re-affirms the conclusions of the earlier appraisal, namely that balanced growth across the rest of the District, rather than growth spread amongst settlements generally, or an approach which concentrates on Market Towns solely is to be preferred. This approach presents better access to jobs, shops, facilities and services and helps to reduce the need to travel. Housing need will be better met and the environment of Rural Settlements will be better protected. A fuller justification of the distribution of growth is presented in the Sustainability Appraisal Report associated with the Local Plan.

4.85 The distribution of growth between Yeovil, the Market Towns, Rural Centres and Rural Settlements has been refined from the broad approach presented in the Sustainability Appraisal using a range of evidence, which includes economic growth projections, settlement status and factors affecting each individual settlement such as local aspirations, land availability, existing commitments and market deliverability. These are detailed below and have resulted in the distribution of growth outlined in Policy SS5.