The first of a new kind of town meeting tackling key issues facing Bruton will take place on Tuesday 24th, and we’d like you to come.
“Town Matters” is to be more welcoming and inclusive than a traditional Council meeting, and we will be holding our first in the September monthly Town Council slot, from 7:30 pm on Tuesday, 24 September.
There will be three main Town Matters on the agenda:
- Making Bruton carbon neutral by 2030. Following Bruton Town Council’s declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency on 26 March, our Working Group will be presenting its first proposals for discussion and decision.
- Planning Bruton’s Future. The Town Council agreed our response to the “Preferred Options Consultation” on SSDC’s Local Plan Review (to 2036) at our August Meeting. Now we need to develop our own Neighbourhood Plan, which would set our local statutory planning policies. Come along to find our more and get involved.
- Connecting Bruton Volunteers. Our energetic town has many community organisations who are looking for volunteers. Many Brutonians want to volunteer their skills and time, but don’t know where to look. The Town Council has a sizeable but limited budget, a Community Office, and a website. How should we use these connect volunteers with organisers?
Each “Matter” will involve
- A short (maximum 10 minutes) presentation of information
- A group discussion on ‘café style’ tables mixing Councillors and fellow Brutonians
- A decision on the recommendations
Chair of the Council and town mayor Ewan Jones explains why we are introducing these meetings:
“Greater demands are being placed on Towns and Parishes to solve our own challenges. Following some community feedback, the Town Council began reviewing our way of working after the 2 May elections, to increase both our effectiveness and the whole town’s engagement with our Council.
“On 11 June, we invited representatives from Frome Town Council to facilitate a workshop, and give us the benefit of their experience. Some Councillors have also visited other innovative Town Councils. At our 30 July Council Meeting, we approved recommendations including simplifying our meetings into “Town Matters” of interest to the whole Bruton Community and “Council Matters” where the necessary administrative stuff, such as accounts, legal contracts, and staff employment will be decided.
“We intend to make “Town Matters” more welcoming and inclusive than a traditional Council meeting, and will be holding our first in September.
“Please join us for what I am sure will be an inspiring evening. As Bruton’s 2017 Town Plan says, we hope you agree that Bruton deserves a bright future, and we urge you to get involved.”
Bruton Town Council has been provided with more information about one of the proposed developments on Brewham Road. Claremont, who are proposing developing the north side, are seeking feedback. You can find out more in the linked leaflet.
They told us: “Claremont Planning Consultancy are preparing an outline planning application on behalf of Southern and Regional Developments for the residential development of the site north of Brewham Road, Bruton. This site has been identified by the District Council as a preferred allocation for new residential development at the town within the emerging Local Plan. It is Southern and Regional Development’s objective to deliver a sympathetic development that will provide much needed affordable, family homes within the town that reflect the local and historic character of Bruton. Please contact Claremont Planning using the details provided in the leaflet to provide your views and feedback on the development by 9 September 2019”
Comments on this post will NOT be submitted to Claremont.
UPDATE: The first two properties are now available on Homefinder Somerset.
The housing association White Horse Housing is providing 12 homes in Bruton for local people – but you need to register to apply.
The homes will be located on the Cubis Bruton site currently under construction by Acorn Builders. The first phase of homes will be completed in September 2019 and will comprise of 4 x 1 bed flats and 2 x 2 bed houses for rent. The second phase, coming later, will be 2 x 1 bed flats and 4 x 2 bed flats.
Indicative prices, to be confirmed, are in the region of £99 per week for the 1 bed flats and £122 per week for the 2 bed houses.
If you are interested in an affordable home to rent and have a local connection to Bruton then please ring White Horse Housing Association for further information. They will keep you informed of the process to apply for a home.
If you are in need of one of these affordable homes then you must also register with Homefinder Somerset in good time to be able to apply for them when they are advertised on the Homefinder Somerset Website in July 2019. Please go to the following Website to register with Homefinder Somerset www.homefindersomerset.co.uk
White Horse Housing Association
Tel 01380 850916
South Somerset District Council is updating its local plan, the document which provides the framework deciding on future development in Bruton and the rest of the District, and on August 15th you’ll get the chance to have your say when a public drop-in session will be held in the Community Hall between 4pm and 7pm. With so many planned housing developments in the town this is a perfect opportunity to make your view know the SSDC, who are the planning authority for Bruton.
Local Plans set out a vision and framework for the future development of the area, addressing needs and opportunities in relation to where homes could be built, how the economy can grow, where community facilities could be created and vital infrastructure. It also includes the steps which will safeguard the environment, help the district adapt to climate change and ensure there is good design.
You can now submit your views during a consultation period called the Preferred Options stage. This means that based on the evidence they have to date, the Council has initially mapped how it thinks the future of the district could look. This is the second formal stage of consultation as part of the South Somerset Local Plan Review and follows an evidence-gathering consultation which took place during late 2017 and early 2018.
Preparing a new plan is wide ranging and will involve not just the Council itself, but also many other organisations and individuals. This consultation provides an opportunity for you to get involved, give your views and comments, and shape the Local Plan.
Councillor Val Keitch, Leader of South Somerset District Council, said: “This consultation is a genuine exercise to take account of the views and opinions of residents and businesses alike. Shaping the future of the area – the countryside, the economy and our towns and villages – is important. Everyone should have a chance to contribute to the document to help focus on the issues that are most important to the communities in our District. Whilst the consultation document is based upon evidence, testing it against local knowledge and “live” economic factors will make it stronger and more relevant as a result of resident and business input.”
How can you have your say?
The current consultation period will be from 12 noon on Friday 28 June to 5pm on Wednesday 18 September 2019.
A document has been produced to help you understand what the Council is consulting on and can be viewed on the SSDC website, in the District Council offices in Yeovil or in libraries across the district. Information on our website also covers common questions and allows you to submit your comments electronically. We would ask that comments are submitted electronically wherever possible.
It is vital that as many individuals and businesses as possible respond to this consultation and your comments will be taken into account in evolving the next stage of the Local Plan review.
There will be a series of public drop-in sessions where the consultation document can be viewed and where Council officers will be on hand to help explain how we have got to this stage and answer any queries.
You can also have your say online using our interactive consultation website where you can sign up for an account to leave your comments directly on the document. Using the consultation website allows you to make comments at the end of each paragraph, by simply submitting your comment into the comments tab.
Alternatively, you can submit your feedback via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to: Strategy and Commissioning, The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT.
Comments can be submitted until 5pm on Wednesday 18 September 2019. After this, the relevant and main issues raised will be extracted and collated to be presented to committee when we are ready to progress to the next stage of the plan process. Further consultation will take place in 2020/21.
There is HALF an allotment available at Cuckoo Hill. Applicants should apply to the Community Office.