The Spatial Vision
Housing and employment growth at South Molton will promote greater self-sufficiency with increased support and improved access to community facilities for the town and its large rural catchment area. New development will be focused on the western side of town to deliver a mix of high quality sustainable family and affordable housing, employment, key community infrastructure and a new distributor road to reduce traffic congestion in the town centre.
Expansion to Pathfields Business Park will support a diverse range of employment opportunities to capitalise on its proximity to the strategic road network. Relocation of the livestock market to the north of the town together with new associated industries will further develop the town as an agricultural business centre to serve North Devon. Community driven regeneration of the central car park area will facilitate expansion of the town centre to strengthen its retail provision and deliver tourism opportunities and key community infrastructure through high quality design that will capitalise on the town’s built and cultural heritage.
South Molton will become a more vibrant, healthy, prosperous, accessible town providing for the needs of all including provision of a new ‘sports hub’ linked to the community college, an enhanced network of public footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways, extension of the community woodland, superfast broadband and business support. Increased partnership working will deliver key services and facilities including through the community and voluntary sectors. The community will be empowered to make the most of its talents and leadership to deliver the vision.
The Spatial Development Strategy
Over the period to 2031, the Local Plan will enable growth of high quality development supported by necessary infrastructure to meet the needs of South Molton. The spatial vision for South Molton will be delivered through:
(a) provision of a minimum of 1,240 dwellings, including affordable and extra care homes, to meet the range of the communities’ housing needs, with associated development and infrastructure on a continuous basis during the Plan period between 2011 and 2031;
(b) provision of new site allocations of approximately 950 dwellings and non-strategic housing sites of approximately 50 dwellings;
(c) an urban extension to the west of South Molton (as part of the provision of new site allocations) to accommodate approximately 890 new dwellings supported by required physical, social and green infrastructure;
(d) provision of approximately 13.6 hectares of additional employment land to the east and west of Hacche Lane at Pathfields Business Park plus an additional 2.5 hectares for a new livestock market to strengthen the town’s role as a vibrant business and employment centre;
(e) expansion and enhancement of the town centre to strengthen the town’s vitality and viability and reduce leakage of spend to other centres;
(f) social and community facilities required to support new development including provision of a new primary school, site with the expansion of the existing infant school and junior school to become a primary school, provision of a children’s centre delivery base, a new medical centre, new sewage treatment works, additional sports pitches, allotments and informal open space;
(g) a new sports hub to the south of the Community College;
(h) provision of a new distributor road through the strategic western extension securing enhancement of the town’s transport infrastructure to reduce town centre congestion and optimising accessibility to jobs, shops and community facilities within and around the town;
(i) provision of additional footpaths, cyclepaths and bridleway routes around the town towards providing an orbital route within an enhanced green infrastructure network;
(j) improvements to highway safety for existing junctions on the A361; and
(k) support for initiatives to improve and mitigate against any harm to water quality in the rivers and streams.