Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

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]
Comment ID 20126113//9
Respondent Jan Murray [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 09 Jan 2019

6. Mendip Hills: Page 17

6.1. NPPF 2012 (the version that may well be used for the JSP Public Examination

- Consolidated Sustainability Appraisal Nov 2018 Point 4.9) notes:

#114. Local planning authorities should:

set out a strategic approach in their Local Plans, planning positively for the

creation, protection, enhancement and management of networks of

biodiversity and green infrastructure; and [This has not been done]

maintain the character of the undeveloped coast, protecting and enhancing

its distinctive landscapes, particularly in areas defined as Heritage Coast,

and improve public access to and enjoyment of the coast.

#115 Great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty in

National Parks, the Broads and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which

have the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic

beauty. The conservation of wildlife and cultural heritage are important

considerations in all these areas, and should be given great weight in

National Parks and the Broads.

6.2. Building a new town at the very foot of the Mendip Hill AONB would be seen as a

criminal act of vandalism by future generations.


6.3. North Somerset’s Landscape Character Supplementary Planning Guidance

prepared by Wardell Armstrong and adopted in September 2018 –

Landscape Strategy states:

6.3.1. The Landscape strategy for River Yeo Rolling Valley farmland is to

conserve [sic] the peaceful, rural nature of the landscape with intact

pasture and field boundaries and to strengthen and enhance [sic] the

area of weaker character particularly where the landscape is affected by

modern development to the west of the M5. How does this fit with 6.1


6.4. The Habitats Regulations consultation poses interesting problems for wildlife

in and around the land proposed for the SDL of Churchill/Mendip Spring. It

would be inappropriate to deal with this at Local Plan level.


Summary of 6 The Mendip Hills AONB has not been given appropriate consideration in terms of conservation, ecology, views from the hills as demanded by the NPPF 2012/2018