Martock Neighbourhood Plan


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Policy Theme

The South Somerset Local Plan includes a forecast of houses to be constructed in various centres in the current planning period that ends in 2028. This programme includes a minimum number of newly built houses for Martock of 230. This was further defined by the Planning Inspector at the Lavers Oak planning appeal as being a guideline rather than a minimum

What the neighbourhood plan cannot do

The neighbourhood plan cannot challenge the number of new houses planned for Martock in the South Somerset Local Plan.

What the neighbourhood plan can do

The total number of built and approved houses so far (March 2017) in Martock within the current planning period is 221. This almost the guideline total for the whole period. We can challenge the excessive numbers but any challenge must be justified by strong evidence. This is because Martock is designated as a 'Rural Centre' which is planned to grow faster that the smaller surrounding villages. Both the National and Local Plan allow settlements like ours to grow if the local need for housing grows, that is, if more local jobs are created.

We can also advise and recommend where new housing should be built, what kind it should be, and what it should look like.

An important document that provides recommendations, based on evidence and surveys, of where houses should and should not be built is the Martock Peripheral Landscape Study. This is an SSDC document to guide planners and should be a foundation stone of this theme of the Neighbourhood Plan.


To read what people are saying and leave a comment on this theme please go to the comment pages

February 2017 Newsletter
The Neighbourhood Plan Newsletter of Feb 17 gives information what has happened to Planning Applications submitted in the last two years. Many have been turned down by the Planning Inspectorate

The SSDC Martock Peripheral Landscape Study (2008) can be found here.

Housing developments in the pipeline are shown on the housing map

Housing land supply. The Martock table from the SSDC 5-Year housing supply document is here. It should be read in conjunction with this map