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PROPOSED SUBMISSION LOCAL PLAN 2006-2028 - Aug 12

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

What will the Local Plan Deliver?

Settlement Status

6.57 As set out in Policy SS1, Crewkerne is classified as a Market Town due to its strong employment, retail and community role[1].

Housing

6.58 It is important to sustain and enhance Crewkerne's role as a Primary Market Town, with a level of development that is commensurate with the size, character, environmental constraints and accessibility of the town. The Local Plan will therefore support the development of around 1028 dwellings over the plan period, up to 2028. Of these 1028 dwellings, 901 are already committed[2], including 525 which are part of the saved Local Plan allocation, which received a resolution to grant planning permission, subject to completion of the Section 106 planning agreement, at Area West committee on the 14th December 2011. The residual requirement for 127 new dwellings is considered to be deliverable through the Development Management process.

Employment

6.59 Crewkerne has a broad employment base for a Market Town of its size. There is a strong retail centre which plays host to various business services and an established industrial estate with a number of advanced engineering firms based there. This wider employment 'offer' underpins a more varied local socio-economic demographic. Despite good rail links with Waterloo and Exeter, vehicular congestion in the town is an issue to be addressed in bringing additional employment and housing forward through development of the CLR site.

6.60 As set out in Policy SS3, a minimum of 472 jobs should be delivered in Crewkerne to 2028, and approximately 10 hectares of 'B' Use Class employment land. This land has already been identified, with 9.8 hectares coming forward as part of the saved Local Plan allocation which proposes employment land for a range of employment uses, and through developments that have already been awarded planning permission. Whilst the employment element of the CLR site will deliver a sufficient supply of land in Crewkerne to cater for the identified employment land need, this should not prevent further land coming forward, especially in the short-term if the market requires and this can be delivered through the Development Management process.

Retailing

6.61 As set out in Policy EP9, Crewkerne is a Market Town in retail terms and the focus for any new retail development should be in the defined Town Centre.  Given the recent supermarket developments that have taken place in the town, there is no additional capacity to accommodate any substantial net increase in convenience goods (food) retail floorspace by 2028.

6.62 There is however additional capacity to accommodate a net increase in comparison goods retail floorspace beyond existing provisions and commitments, as there has been a loss of such uses from town centre over the past few years. Given the loss of comparison uses, there is a qualitative deficiency in current provision, which produces capacity for 120sq m net (or £0.5m retail expenditure) of additional comparison goods floorspace by 2017, rising to approx 570sq m net (or £2.7m retail expenditure) by 2028. The retail study also notes that consideration should also be given to the attractiveness of the existing units and whether they are the correct format for retailer requirements. Any additional provision can come forward under the Development Management process.

Infrastructure

6.63 The Infrastructure Plan (IP) does not indicate the need for any 'critical' infrastructure[3] requirements to be provided in Crewkerne as a result of the proposed new development, because it is anticipated that the developer will deliver a new primary school, a link road between the A356 (Station Road) and the A30 (Yeovil Road), a link road between Blacknell Lane and the new A356/A30 link road and a dormouse bridge, through the CLR Section 106 Agreement. Should these requirements not form part of the Section 106 Agreement for any reason, they will become critical infrastructure, without which the development cannot go ahead. The IP identifies a number of 'necessary' infrastructure[4] requirements, which generally relate to open space and sports facilities.

Direction of Growth

6.64 Unlike the other Market Towns, there is no new direction of growth to be identified for Crewkerne, as the location of the 'growth' has been predetermined by the planning permission for CLR and this is recognised in Policy HG1.

Delivery

6.65 The following delivery bodies will be key in implementing  the proposed development at Crewkerne:

  •  South Somerset District Council
  •  Somerset County Council
  •  Town and Parish Councils
  •  Developers and Landowners
  •  Environment Agency
  •  Natural England
Monitoring Indicators    Target   
Completed housing development in Crewkerne
1028 homes built in Crewkerne  between 2006 and 2028
Completed employment ('B' uses) floor space in Crewkerne 10.10 ha of 'B' use employment land built in Crewkerne between 2006 and 2028
New Jobs in Crewkerne 472 jobs between 2006 and 2028
New Primary School Somerset County Council to deliver by 2028
New link road between the A356 (Station Road) and the A30 (Yeovil Road) Developer to deliver in conjunction with Somerset County Council prior to occupation of 200th house or 7 years from occupation of first house
1. South Somerset Settlement Role and Function Study, 2009 [back]
2. Council's annual housing monitoring data, as at April 2011 [back]
3. Critical infrastructure is defined as infrastructure that is critically needed to be able to deliver the proposed development. Without the infrastructure the development cannot go ahead. [back]
4. Necessary infrastructure is defined as infrastructure that is necessary to be able to deliver the proposed development, it does not prevent development coming forward. [back]