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JC/UAP/2198-07/01 CP 27 August 2013

WILLITON
WEST SOMERSET LOCAL PLAN TO 2032 REVISED DRAFT

LANDSCAPE AND VISUAL ISSUES

The key strategic development sites for Williton are set out under Policy W12 which allows for
development parcels off the A39 to the west of the town and adjacent to Whitepit Copse to the
north. The draft policy sets out the key issues put forward by the council under various
headings. Those relevant to landscape and visual aspects of the policy are set out below,
comparing the draft allocation sites with those of the eastern site put forward by Somerfield
Homes.

POLICY W12 SITE WEST POLICY W12 SITE NORTH SOMERFIELD SITE EAST

Landscape Designations

No landscape designations No landscape designations. No landscape designations.

Adjacent to flood plain. Adjacent to flood plain. Adjacent to flood plain.

CONCLUSIONS: There are differences in terms of landscape designations


between Somerfield's proposals and those of the council.

Relationship to Settlement

The policy area is isolated The policy area is separated The proposed development
and separated from the town from the town by the school site is enclosed on three
with no strong boundaries site and comprises a long sides by existing
with pedestrian access along thin development strip at the development with close and
the A39. edge of the settlement. convenient pedestrian access
to the centre.

CONCLUSIONS: The draft allocation sites are poorly considered edge of


settlement sites isolated from the centre. The proposed site
fits better into the landscape with easy and safe pedestrian
access to the centre.

Visual Impact

The western draft parcel is The northern draft allocation The proposed site will appear
unconstrained in visual terms parcel is an isolated and as part of the settlement,
along its western boundary shoehorned land parcel into enclosed by higher land to
and will create pressures for a linear strip visible from the the south.
further development to the B3191 and the ridge above,
west, unbalancing the visual separated from the town by
integrity of the town. the school site.

CONCLUSIONS: The proposed site will be perceived as part of the natural


growth of the town, without creating development pressures
difficult to resist in the future.

Related Interests