Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft

Comment ID 8113089//1
Document Section Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft Dwellings in the Countryside DM48 View all on this section
Respondent National Trust View all by this respondent
Response Date 12 Apr 2013

The National Trust owns land and property in theNorth Somersetarea, includingClevedon Court(grade I listed manor house), Cadbury Camp (Iron Age hillfort) and Tyntesfield (grade I listed house and parkland).

The Trust has a statutory duty under the National Trust Acts to promote the conservation of places of historic interest and natural beauty.  In addition, the National Planning Policy Framework (section 12) recognises the importance of heritage assets and their setting, and also acknowledges the wider social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits of conservation of the historic environment.

Proposed strategic open space, east and north of Brookfield Walk, Clevedon

The Sites and Policies Plan proposes to allocate an area of “strategic open space” between the eastern edge of Clevedon and the M5 motorway.  This would come in close proximity toClevedon Court. 

It is understood from email communication with Phil Anelay that: “The proposal has been carried over into the SAPP from the adopted North Somerset Replacement Local Plan, which refers to it as "open space incorporating a children's play area", with the land safeguarded for that purpose under policy CF/4 of that plan”.

Whilst it is preferable that the land is designated as “open space” rather than for residential or employment development, the Trust is concerned that safeguarding the land for community facilities could lead to inappropriate development. For example, formal playing fields, sports pavilions, car parking or floodlighting may affect the wider setting ofClevedon Court, which is of course an important designated heritage asset.

The Trust therefore asks that the emerging SAPP directs any community facilities that involve landscape changes – for example a children’s play area – near to the urban edge and makes clear that the setting of the heritage asset should be respected and protected. The majority of the land should preferably stay in its current form – i.e. small field parcels in use as pasture.