South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18)

Comment ID 1793
Document Section South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Rural Centres Land south of Court Lane Text Block View all on this section
Respondent CatWoman View all by this respondent
Response Date 18 Sep 2019

Regarding the site to the south of Court Lane, there are a large number of additional considerations that have come to light:

Local Character and Landscape – the proposed extension of the Conservation Zone would abut the southern and eastern boundary of the site, and any development thereon would therefore impact the environment of the conservation zone.

This location is of great interest from a heritage perspective and its former identity of Kingsbury means King’s Borough, and is believed to have been the site of an Anglo-Saxon Royal Mint. It is for this reason that Milborne Port had two Members of Parliament until the Great Reform Act of 1832.

The various buildings to the east of the site down Court Lane likely all date back to, at the latest, the 18th century (the Manor Court itself was still in operation in 1805, and probably only ceased in 1832). This includes the buildings at the foot of Court Road which, whilst they look much more recent are actually the sites of lbourers’ cottages for Manor Farm.

In view of the above, any development of the site – and most definitely of 30 houses - is unlikely to be consistent with the local environment and the setting of the new Conservation Area and historical assets and regarding roads and traffic, it seems that the wider limitations on access through the village were not fully considered in either the HELAA,the committee planning decision or in this proposed preferred option paper

Public transport, employment, reliance on vehicles for commuting or access to services all continue to be issues. The public transport provision has deteriorated since 2014, with a reduction in buses.  Employment and concern regarding the unusually high levels of commuting continue to be specific and identified issues for Milborne Port and are acknowledged as such within the draft Plan.  This site is on the fringes of the least accessible part of the village and I cannot see any real prospects of this site improving the employment capacity through home-business development, and given the road access constraints it is questionable whether this would be desirable.