Martock Neighbourhood Plan


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Latest - Neighbourhood Plan approved in the village referendum

The final version of the Neighbourhood Plan including all changes required by the external assessor was approved in the village referendum on 6 May 2021.

The result was: Yes 870, No 117, Turnout 37.8%, 87% in favour.

This means that it now becomes a planning document for use by South Somerset District in determining planning applications


The approved version of the Neighbourhood Plan can be downloaded here


Buiding the Plan
Follow, and take part in, the process of building the Plan using the documents that can be downloaded from here. Draft versions of the plan are here

Publicity and Consultation
We send out regular bulletins on the development of the plan. For back numbers, and to get on the list to receive them go to the Newsletter Page.

Come to the Nighbourhood Plan stall at each Farmers' Market

Full details of all the consultation exercises undertake can be found here

Comment pages
Each page has a link, like this one below, to a page where you can post your comments online Give us your views.

The planning process
How the planning process works is described here

Sustainable development
The meaning of 'sustainable development' and why it is so important is described here

Planning documents
For local and national planning documents look here

Housing Numbers
You can find out the current state of house building on the housing map

Dull but important administrative stuff can be found here












What is a neighbourhood plan?

Martock Neighbourhood Plan will describe how Martock should develop in the future until 2028 and beyond, in line with the South Somerset Local Plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan is the third tier of planning below the national level and the South Somerset District (SSDC) level. The South Somerset Local Plan provides the broad picture of how Martock should expand and develop; the Martock Neighbourhood Plan fills in the details and it will become, like the other two, a legally recognised planning document that all developers must consult. More about these three tiers can be found here.

So the SSDC Local Plan provides , for example, an idea of how many new houses should be built between now and 2028 but the Neighbourhood Plan describes the details; the type of housing, where they should be, what they should look like and what facilities will the people need.

What will the plan look like?

The Neighbourhood Plan will focus on six policy themes:
• The Natural Environment
• The Built environment and Heritage
• Housing
• Local economy
• Transport and travel
• Community well-being

Together, these themes from the three components, economic, environmental and social, of 'sustainable development' which is the basis of all national and local planning documents. For more on this idea see the links in the right-hand column.

For more information on each of these themes, use the menu at the top of the page. The ’Jobs’ tab covers the local economy and the two environment themes are found under the ‘Local character’ tab.

What will be included in the Plan, and what will not.

The Plan is only about buildings; how many, where, what they look like and what they are for. It will also be concerned with anything that must be constructed to allow buildings to function properly, such as drainage, open spaces, new parking spaces, roads and footpaths. In doing this it will be very concerned to conserve our fine historic and natural environment that is so important to us.

The Plan will not be concerned with how the village is managed and the services provided; these are matters that can be found in the Local Community Plan and they are managed by the Parish Council and the Making the Most of Martock Community Partnership (M3CP). Great care will be taken, however, to ensure that the Neighbourhood Plan and the Community Plan (currently being revised) dovetail perfectly; they are two sides of the same coin.