Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

Local Issues

6.97 Due to Somerton’s proximity to the Somerset Levels and Moors, the impact on water quality from development at Somerton was identified as having a potential impact on the Somerset Levels and Moors Special Protection Area / Ramsar. However, further analysis in the Appropriate Assessment has concluded there will not be an adverse impact. Some of the other key environmental issues in considering the future development of Somerton include:

  • areas of high flood risk to the north, east and south around the town;
  • the high quality historic environment, including the Conservation Area extending from the town centre out to the east of the town;
  • the presence of European Protected Species with otters (at the main watercourses) and bats (to the east/south east).