Councillors vote to adopt SSDC Local Plan.
At a SSDC Full Council meeting last Thursday to consider its Local Plan, Councillors voted overwhelmingly to adopt the South Somerset Local Plan (2006-2028).
The finalised Plan from the Liberal Democrat-led District Council sets out proposals to deliver 15,950 homes and 11,250 jobs in South Somerset by 2028. The Plan focuses on delivering the majority of growth in Yeovil as the District's main settlement with additional growth targeted towards the larger towns such as Chard, Crewkerne, Wincanton and Ilminster. The overall aim is to deliver sustainable development, capitalising on South Somerset's unique assets whilst protecting the wider countryside.
At a time when so many other Plans across the country are failing to reach this stage, the adoption of this Local Plan for South Somerset by the Liberal Democrat-led SSDC is a significant achievement.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Tim Carroll, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance and Spatial Planning commented, "South Somerset is the largest District Council in the South West with more residents and businesses than any other in the region. We need to maintain and build on the strengths of our local economy, ensure adequate housing provision for our residents while addressing infrastructure requirements across the District and this Local Plan will help to deliver those aspirations."
"This is by no means the end of the process; the task is now to deliver on the strategy and realise the much needed homes and jobs in the District and bring about long term positive benefits to South Somerset."