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PROPOSED SUBMISSION LOCAL PLAN 2006-2028 - Aug 12

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

East Coker and North Coker Buffer Zone

5.50 In order to prevent coalescence with Yeovil and preserve the character of East Coker and North Coker a buffer zone between these settlements and the future sustainable urban extension is required. This would provide a defined boundary to Yeovil's growth southwards and prevent coalescence and protect the historic environment in this location. Environmental assets include the visibility setting and designation of the North Coker Conservation Area, the Grade I listed Naish Priory, and several Grade II listed buildings.

5.51 The outline of the 'East Coker and North Coker Buffer Zone' is shown on the Proposals Map - Yeovil Inset Map. This zone should be dedicated to being a strategic landscape area and green open space

5.52 The NPPF[1] allows special protection green areas of local importance to be identified in Local Plans. The Local Green Space designation rules out new development other than in very special circumstances. The Council considers this status is appropriate for the East Coker and North Coker Buffer Zone in that the buffer zone is:

  • consistent with planning sustainable development and will compliment investment in houses, jobs and other services;
  • capable of enduring beyond the plan period;
  • in close proximity to the communities it serves and will serve;
  • demonstrably special and holding a particular local significance;
  • local in character and not an extensive tract of land.

5.53 Existing built development within the buffer zone will require special justification to extend or add built form beyond existing permitted development rights.

Policy YV3: East Coker and North Coker Buffer Zone

An East Coker and North Coker Buffer Zone is identified to the west of the Yeovil Sustainable Urban Extension, within which development that results in coalescence with the settlements of East Coker and North Coker and/or adversely affects the setting of historic assets is precluded. Development (not of a built form) within the Buffer Zone may be acceptable as long as the coalescence of settlements is not caused as a result nor the setting of historic assets adversely affected. Existing development within the buffer zone will require special justification to add built development beyond existing permitted development rights.

The development is compatible with features supporting bat movement; that access between feeding areas and roosts is maintained and any proposed lighting is compatible with the conservation objectives of a Natura 2000 site unless it can be proven that there would be no significant effect by the proposal.

 
Delivery

5.54 The following delivery bodies will be key in implementing Policy YV3:

  • South Somerset District Council.
 
Monitoring Indicators    Target   
Development in the East Coker and North Coker Buffer Zone  No built development beyond permitted development rights to be permitted in the East Coker and North Coker Buffer Zone
1. NPPF March 2012 [back]