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Local Plan Review 2020-2040

On 21 July 2021, the Government announced that, subject to Parliamentary approval, a new unitary council for Somerset will be formed on 1 April 2023 to replace the existing county and district councils. However, Exmoor National Park Authority will remain as the Local Planning Authority for the area of National Park within Somerset.


Given these timescales and the numerous stages in Local, Mineral and Waste Plan preparation the existing councils will therefore no longer be progressing new plans through the statutory process based on their individual geographies. Existing county and district councils are working closely to scope the content and timescales for new Development Plan(s) to be prepared in the future as part the single unitary council. This includes ongoing work to progress and align key evidence base documents. Relevant documents, including an updated Local Development Scheme (LDS) for the new Somerset Council will be published in due course as the councils work through the transitional arrangements.


There are a number of workstreams currently being progressed to ensure a smooth transition to the new council. There is a clear commitment to ensuring effective plan-making arrangements are implemented going forward and we will update our web pages when there is further information regarding timescales and scope of any new Development Plan Documents.


The current Local Plan documents for South Somerset District Council can be found here link and will remain part of the Development Plan until they are replaced either wholly or in part by new Local Plan documents produced by the new unitary council. For the avoidance of doubt adopted Neighbourhood Plans will continue to remain part of the Development Plan for relevant areas.


Links to the work that South Somerset District Council has already undertaken on the Local Plan Review can be found below along with supporting evidence for plan-making. New evidence will be published as it becomes available.

  1. Preferred Options Consultation 28 June 2019 - 5pm 18 September 2019

    The Council prepared a Preferred Options document which can be viewed electronically by clicking here . Hard copies of the document we made available during normal office hours in the District Council offices in Yeovil or libraries across the district.

    The document set out for consultation the Council’s proposed strategy for delivering new homes and employment over the period 2016 to 2036, including site allocations and policies against which planning applications will be assessed.

    The document reflects the latest Government Guidance in the updated National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the evidence base produced to support the Plan process. The Local Plan Review will provide us with a refreshed policy framework that will guide and shape development in the District up to 2036.

    The consultation was designed to involve as many individuals and businesses of South Somerset as possible so that views could be collected and taken into account to help shape and evolve the next stage of the Local Plan. 

    The consultation period was held from 28 June 2019 to 18 September 2019. 

    After the consultation the relevant and main issues raised will be extracted and collated to be presented to committee when we are ready to progress to the next stage of the plan process. Further consultation is expected to take place in 2020/21.

    More information on the Local Plan Review and the Preferred Options phase can be found by clicking here,  questions & answers can be found here

    Evidence Documents:


    Main points arising from the Preferred Options consultation held between 28 June 2019 and 18 September 2019.

  2. Public Consultation on Issues & Options 2017

    Issues and Options.

    The Issues and Options document sets out the issues identified by the Council evidence base below and makes suggestions to address them. Please note Issues and Errata (corrections)

    A consultation took place between October 2017 and January 2018. View a summary of the main points.

    You can see all of the comments made on the consultation here.

  3. Duty to Cooperate

    A Duty to Cooperate Statement has been prepared to support the Local Plan Review process, following consultation with Duty to Cooperate partners during June/July 2020.

    This is a live document and will be updated as necessary as the Local Plan Review is progressed, and Statements of Common Ground are prepared with partners.

    Duty to Cooperate Statement

  4. Housing (including Five-Year Housing Land Supply)

  5. Rural Designation of Parishes in South Somerset

    On the 1st April the District Executive resolved that the Council should apply to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to formally designate our parishes with a population of less than 3,000 as ‘rural’ under section 157 of the Housing Act 1985.

    The Council received notification  from the Right to Buy Team at the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities that the legislation for our requested parishes to be designated as rural had been laid in Parliament. The Statutory Instrument came into force on Monday 29th November 2021 - The Housing (Right to Buy) (Designated Rural Areas and Designated Regions) (England) Order 2021. This designation is an important policy tool, and the reasons for seeking it are explained in the report to District Executive on 1st April 2021. 

    District Executive Report

    Rural Designation Map 

  6. Economic Prosperity

  7. Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment

    What is the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)?

    It’s an important document which provides guidance as to where future development could occur. It provides evidence that brings together important information related to sites which could be used future housing and employment land delivery in South Somerset.

    Importantly, the identification of potential sites within the HELAA does not imply that planning permission would be granted if an application were to be submitted, nor that a site will be allocated for development, but it will assist in the new preparation of the new Local Plan and help to inform the five-year supply of deliverable housing land. It will include sites suitable to accommodate five dwellings or more, or economic development of 0.25ha (or 500m2 of floor space) and above.

    Call for sites 2020

    HELAA Methodology 2020

    HELAA Form and Guidance Notes 2020

    Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment (2021)

    Completed Site Assessment Forms (2021)

    Area Maps 2021:


    Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment (2018)

    Completed Site Assessment Forms (2018)

    Appendix 3 - The Somerset Levels and Moors Ramsar Site Catchment Area

    Area Maps 2018:

    Older documents are available on request, email 

  8. Authority Monitoring Report

    Authority Monitoring Report (2018)

    Authority Monitoring Report (2019)

    Authority Monitoring Report (2020)

    Authority Monitoring Report (2021)

    Older documents are available on request, email 

  9. Natural and Historic Environment

    Landscape Assessments, 2021

    In response to comments received during South Somerset Local Plan Review Preferred Options Consultation, 2019 the Council has commissioned high-level strategic landscape assessments of a number of the preferred site allocations. These assessments are intended to provide additional evidence base to inform the next iteration of the Local Plan Review. They are not designed to replace or to be used instead of any more detailed landscape assessment that may be required as part of the site allocation or planning application process.

    CR2 Assessment

    CR5 Assessment

    IM2 Assessment

    YV2 Assessment

    YV3 Assessment


    Historic Environment Strategy

    Historic Environment Strategy 2017


    Historic Environment Assessments, 2021

    South Somerset Site Allocations HEAs Report

    Policy CR2 and CR5 Crewkerne HEA

    Policy IM2 Ilminster HEA

    Policy IM3 and EP1 Ilminster HEA

    Policy MB1 Martock HEA

    Policy MP1 Milborne Port HEA

    Policy MP2 Milborne Port HEA

    Policy SP2 South Petherton HEA

    Policy TC1 Box Factory Yeovil HEA

    Policy TC1 Cattle Market Yeovil HEA

    Policy TC1 Glover's Walk Yeovil HEA

    Policy TC1 Petters Way Yeovil HEA

    Policy YV2 Yeovil HEA

    Policy YV3 Yeovil HEA

    Policy YV9 and adjacent EP1 Yeovil HEA


    Tree Canopy Cover

    Tree Canopy Cover Report 2021

  10. Settlement Profiles 2017

  11. Sustainability Appraisal 2017

  12. Statement of Community Involvement

  13. Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2015/16

  14. Local Development Scheme

    The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is the 3 year project plan for implementing the Local Development Framework. It explains how the new development planning system will operate and how the documents and strategies at different levels will fit together.

    Viewed our latest Local Development Scheme.

  15. Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)

    Joint Level 1 SFRA - Final (Revised)

    South Somerset Key Map

    Former Taunton Dean Key Map

    Former West Somerset Key Map

    Flood Risk Map Chard

    Flood Risk Map Ilminster

    Flood Risk Map Wincanton

    Flood Risk Map Yeovil

    Flood Risk Map Crewkerne

    Flood Risk Map Langport

    Flood Risk Map Ilchester

    Flood Risk Map Bruton

    Flood Map Taunton Subarea

    Flood Map Taunton Town

    Flood Map Wellington

    Flood Map West Somerset Subarea

    Flood Map Williton & Watchet

    Flood Map Minehead 

    Flood Risk Map Southwest Strategic

    Flood Risk Map East Strategic

    Flood Risk Map Northwest Strategic

  16. Settlement Role and Function Study

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