SOUTH SOMERSET DISTRICT COUNCIL NOTICE OF FORMAL PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON CHARD SHOP FRONT DESIGN GUIDE DRAFT SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING DOCUMENT
Following our informal consultation in the autumn, we are now formally consulting on the draft Chard Shop Front Design Guide which once adopted will be a Supplementary Planning Document and a material planning consideration. The document illustrates the Council’s aspirations for maintaining and improving the design quality across the Chard town centre area and has been developed through the Chard High Street Heritage Action Zone.
The consultation is taking place from 10 December 2021 until 21 January 2022 at 5.00pm. This is a 6-week period rather than the required 4 weeks to take account of Christmas. During this consultation period, the draft Design Guide can be viewed along with a Statement of Community Involvement at: https://consultation.southsomerset.gov.uk
The draft Design Guide has been developed in support of adopted Local Plan policies and aims to contribute to the improvement of the town centre environment by giving clear guidelines on the style and quality of shop fronts. It explains the requirements of the Local Planning Authority for good design, which will be used to make a balanced judgement against policy and Council objectives in the consideration of planning applications.
‘Shop front’ is a generic term, short-hand for the assemblage of an entrance, display window, frame and signage. The Design Guide’s principles are therefore intended to apply to any property use that makes use of this set-up, including retail and other commercial or community use. This is because any such feature is a major contributor to an area’s distinctive identity and character.
The responses received through the informal consultation to date have been used during the development of the draft Design Guide to shape its intent and recommendations. Reference to the consultation is woven throughout the draft document. Statutory environment stakeholders (Natural England, Environment Agency and Historic England) have received a copy of the draft Design Guide along with a Strategic Environmental Assessment/Habitats Regulations Assessment screening assessment for their comment.
When responding to this consultation, the Council encourages respondents to use the online consultation portal at https://consultation.southsomerset.gov.uk . Public libraries provide internet access, should this be required.
However, comments can also be submitted by email or post:
By post: Chard High Street HAZ Project Manager, Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil BA20 2HT
During the consultation period, paper copies of the consultation documents are available to view on request at:
The Chard Local Information Centre, Chard Guildhall, Fore Street, Chard TA20 1PP (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 1.30pm). Tel: 01460 239567
Petters House/Housing Advice Centre, Petters Way, Yeovil, BA20 1AS (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00am to 2:30pm; Wednesday 10:00am to 4:00pm). Petters House is closed for Christmas from December 24th to January 3rd inclusive. Tel: 01935 462462.
Access to Chard Local Information Centre and Petters House may be subject to COVID-19 restrictions and protocols as well as Christmas closures. We therefore recommend that you telephone to check opening times before travelling.
Chard High Street Heritage Action Zone Project Manager