Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 21244545//3
Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q7. Do you agree with these or are there other challenges or issues which we have not included and how might the Local Plan address these? [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Lesley Hegarty [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

The Mendip Spring Garden Village proposal will be found to be unsound due to its proximity to the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for the following reasons:

  1. The proposal contravenes local and national planning policy in failing to conserve, respect, contribute to and enhance landscape , natural scenic beauty and special qualities (including, in particular, tranquility) of the local character of the area and of the Mendip Hills AONB (para 109 NPPF, policies DM10 and DM 11 Sites and Policies Plan 2016; policies CS5 and CS32 Core Strategy 2017,s.85 Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW), Mendip Hills AONB Management Plan 2014-19)
  2. Specific statutory considerations apply to AONBs in respect of sites adjoining, affecting or within view of the AONB (s.85 CRoW, Mendip Hills AONB Management Plan paras 1.2.8 and 3.7.3 and policy DM11 Sites and Policies Plan (“development which would have an adverse impact on the landscape, setting and scenic beauty of the Mendip Hills AONB including views into and out of the AONB will not be permitted unless in exceptional circumstances”)
  3. “Great weight” should be given to conserving the landscape and scenic beauty in AONBs which have the highest status of protection in relation tp landscape and scenic beauty” (para 115 NPPF; para 2.5.0 Mendip Hills AONB Management Plan)

  

Summary
The Mendip Spring Garden Village proposal will be found to be unsound due to its proximity to the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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