Conservation In South Somerset

Historic Heritage Conservation

The historic environment is an essential part of South Somerset's rich cultural heritage.

Natural Environment Conservation

We are committed to protecting the character and diversity of landscapes of local and national importance, their distinctiveness, wildlife and biodiversity.

Scheduled Monuments
Listed Buildings
Historic  Parks and Gardens
Conservation Areas
Registered Battlefields


The Natural Environment in South Somerset
Nature Conservation Designations
Biodiversity Action Plans

Conservation News

Somerton Conservation Area - review of the Conservation Area boundary

The District Council has started a review of the Somerton Conservation Area and we are consulting the local community and property owners or occupiers who may be affected by the proposed changes.

The Council has a duty to review conservation areas from time to time to ensure that the area designated is still appropriate. The Somerton Conservation Area was first designated in 1970 and extended in 1978 and its review is now overdue.

A Conservation Area is a tool of the planning system that aims to preserve an area's character when making decisions about development. The designation of a Conservation Area does not prevent new development or change from occurring but seeks to manage it in order to preserve or enhance the area's character and ensure that new building makes a positive contribution. In conservation areas normal permitted development rights are restricted, trees are protected and extra publicity is given to planning applications. The changes to the conservation area, if approved, may affect your property/the property you use or live in.

The existing designated area and the proposed amendments and Key to changes. Further information on conservation areas is available at /planning-and-building-control/conservation/historic-heritage-conservation/conservation-areas/

The proposals maps will also be available for inspection at the Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil and Somerton Town Council Office.

 Changes to the boundary will not come into force until after the satisfactory conclusion of the consultation process and a formal decision to designate has been made by the Council's Area North Committee.

A draft appraisal of the character of the conservation area has also been prepared, designed to describe what is special about the area and support the reason for its designation.

 If you wish to comment please email or write to the Conservation Team at  South Somerset District Council, Conservation Team, Brympton Way, Yeovil BA20 2HT  before 22nd September 2017


Fore Street, Chard

The grade 1 listed buildings at 7-13 Fore Street in Chard are some of the finest in the area but have suffered in varying degrees from lack of maintenance over the years and are  included on the national Heritage at Risk Register  published by Historic England. The Council, in partnership with Historic England, recognising these as perhaps the most important buildings in Chard, is trying to find a solution to the unoccupied part, No.9, which includes the spectacular 'Court Room' with its fine plasterwork of the early 17th century. To inform our consideration of the options, a study of the history and significance of the building has been carried out by Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants of Exeter which throws new light on aspects of Chard's history.  We also acknowledge the support of the Somerset Building Preservation Trust in this project.

The report on the buildings can be read here Fore St Chard Image