Economic Evidence

Employment, Retail and Leisure Study:

An Employment, Retail and Leisure Study has been carried out in order to assess what the existing provision of employment facilities within the area is, to describe how the employment land market is functioning, and to assess whether additional employment land of certain types is required and if so, where it is needed. 

Town and Village Centres Study (Retail Study):

Policies for retail development and other town centre uses within the area have to be based on evidence of the way in which existing provision is working to serve the community. This work has been carried out in accordance with the provisions of the (now cancelled) Planning Policy Statement 4, “Planning for Sustainable Economic Growth” in partnership with the Exmoor National Park Authority in order to gain an up to date picture of this sector of the economy.  Current guidance is to be found in the National Planning Policy Framework on the Gov.UK website.