Keyford

The South Somerset Local Plan (2006-2008) was adopted on the 5th of March 2015 following a public enquiry and examination with the Planning Inspectorate. This was the conclusion of a lengthy process lasting many years, hence the ‘back dating’ of the start date of this plan. Essentially, The South Somerset Local Plan (2006-2008) “sets out the long term planning framework for the district up to the year 2028. It represents the starting point for decisions on where development will be located in the district and will be used to reach conclusions on planning applications across South Somerset.”

Amongst the multiple matters decided upon were locations for a Yeovil Urban Extension (YUE). Precise numbers and locations for the YUE changed markedly throughout the long process but, ultimately, it was decided that there should be two YUEs, one to the north east of the built form of Yeovil in the parish of Mudford and one to the south of the built form of Yeovil in the parish of East Coker, on the site known as Keyford. This was summarised in Policy YV2 of the South Somerset Local Plan:
“POLICY YV2: YEOVIL SUSTAINABLE URBAN EXTENSIONS
The Yeovil Sustainable Urban Extensions should be located in two areas to the south and north-east of the town and should provide the following:

The south area:
Approximately 2.58 hectares of land for economic development;
Approximately 800 dwellings;
One Primary school;
A health centre; and
A neighbourhood centre.

The north east area:
Approximately 2.58 hectares of land for economic development;
Approximately 765 dwellings;
One Primary school;
A health centre;
A neighbourhood centre; and
Landscape mitigation to address:
o Potential massing effects across the site’s northward face; and
o Potential visual dominance at the site’s edge and skyline.
The Yeovil Sustainable Urban Extensions will be developed to the highest sustainability objectives and garden city principles, subject to viability.
Development within the Yeovil Sustainable Urban Extensions will be permitted where features supporting bat movement are not severed and that access between feeding areas and roosts is maintained unless it can be proven that there would be no significant effect by the proposal on such features.”

Concentrating upon Keyford, with this site becoming identified as an acceptable ‘direction of growth’ an application was submitted on the 25th of February 2015 by “Keyford Landowners” for an “Outline application for development of Sustainable Urban Extension to comprise up to 800 dwellings, 2.58 hectares of employment land (Use Classes B1, B2, B8), neighbourhood centre (Use Classes A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, D1, D2 and B1), a 65 bed nursing /care home, community hall, health centre, children’s nursery, primary school, play areas and formal sports provision and open space and landscaping, drainage infrastructure and associated highway works” upon the “land at Keyford,Dorchester Road,Yeovil,Somerset.” This was given the application number 15/01000/OUT.

A lengthy period of public consultation followed, including a question and answer session hosted by East Coker Parish Council. East Coker Parish Council has ensured that it is actively involved in all aspects of consultation and decision making for this application, always looking towards the best interests of its parish. As of July 2016, this application is still “Pending Consideration”. Further details upon this application can be found by putting the application number into the “Planning Search” on the South Somerset District Council (SSDC)home page or by contacting SSDC directly.