Category Archives: Housing

The first Consultation Draft of the Plan

The first Consultation Draft of the Neighbourhood Plan is now complete. 

We have spent a year or so gathering data and opinions on all the aspects of the Plan. With the help of an expert we have built the first draft of a Plan based on all this. It is written to a standard planning format in several sections each about a different topic. Every section follows the same format;

1 An introduction arguing why plan policies are needed
2 Plan policies, usually in several topics within each section
3 An explanation and elaboration of how the policies will be applied.

You will probably see that there are many gaps, many areas that are not clear, and possibly some mistakes.  We need help to improve it.

Please help by going to the draft download page where you can download either the whole plan or a particular section that is of most interest.  Comments can be made by email to, or via the contact page of this site.

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Andrew Clegg

Martock Plan at the Farmers’ Market, 11th March

Thanks to all who came to the Neighbourhood Plan stall at today’s farmers market.  As you may expect, the great majority indicated that we should keep the numbers of new houses down to the ‘minimum’ number in the SSDC local plan.

This minimum was (helpfully) defined as a ‘guideline’ by the Lavers Oak planning inspector.  He, and the Ringwell inspector, said that the number should not be significantly exceeded and the Ringwell inspector indicated that a 32% excess (which Ringwell would have created) was ‘well beyond the broad level of housing envisaged for Martock’.

In order to keep numbers to this level we must be able to persuade the SSDC planners and our SSDC Area North representatives to stick to this guideline when planning applications are considered.

The result of the Farmers Market vote was:

First Choice           150  31votes, 150+ 16 votes,  300  2 votes
Second Choice      150  10 votes,  150+ 20 votes,  300  3 votes
Third Choice          150   0 votes,   150+  3 votes,  300, 29 votes
Not everyone cast all three votes.

Farmers' Market consultation

Farmers’ Market consultation

We hope to have a stall at all the Markets this year

Andrew Clegg


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