Landscape Character Assessment Supplementary Planning Document Update 2018

The North Somerset Landscape Character Assessment 2005 is adopted as a supplementary planning document. The document is becoming increasingly out of date, with a need to refresh references, photos, and incorporate recent built development, consequential changes to boundaries and descriptions and note any changes in condition since 2005. 

Main changes


  • The main visual difference is that the original character areas excluded the towns but “washed over” the villages, whereas the refreshed study works to the Core Strategy settlement boundaries for the larger villages
  • Character area boundary change south of Yatton and north and west of Locking.
  • Expansion of settlements, notably Weston-super-Mare Villages, Yatton (north), Nailsea (south-west).


  • Landscape Character Types and Area names remain the same (as does colour coding) for consistency.
  • Landscape character area text amended as necessary, to reflect changes.
  • Maps have been revised for clarity (particularly to aid locating sites).
  • Photos updated.
  • Document re-organised with retained maps and methodology from 2005 assessment in Appendices.
  • Introduction of a Landscape Character Area Evaluation and Strategy table, replacing previous maps.

Table shows J2 Area now of Moderate/Weak Character (down from Moderate) and Condition now Good/Declining down from Good.

Table shows A4 Area now of Moderate/Weak Character (down from Moderate).

  • List of GIS Datasets used added.

You can view the document below and email comments to; or write to

Planning Policy Team, North Somerset Council, post point 15, Town Hall, Walliscote Drove Road, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1UJ

If you have any questions about the document or the consultation process please email or phone Celia Dring on 01934 426244.


  • Opened
    6 Jul 2018 at 11:00
  • Closed
    10 Aug 2018 at 12:00


Organisational Information

Job role or team to contact for questions Celia Dring
Job title Principal Planning Policy Officer
Contact Email
Contact Telephone 01934 426244

Project Information

Aim of this consultation To obtain views on the largely factual updates to the 2005 Landscape Character Assessment SPD with the aim of readopting it as a Supplementary Planning Document.
Close Date 10 Aug 2018 12:00
Consultation Topic
  • Environment - building work, transport, trees and recycling
Context for this consultation The original document is becoming increasingly out of date factually and amendments are desirable to maintain its relevance.