Medieval manor featured in Somerton consultation

Residents of Somerton are invited to take part in a public consultation and have their say on possible changes to the village’s Conservation Area.

Published: Tuesday, 19th February 2019

It gets going with an exhibition and public meeting on Tuesday, 26 February. People will be able to view the draft Conservation Area Appraisal online and feed back their comments before the consultation closes on 9 April.

Lots of archaeological evidence harking back to Somerton’s past as a large and prosperous settlement remains, including Fermour Manor, a former medieval manor house. Among other changes, the council is proposing to add the house and the field in which it sits to the Conservation Area.

Cllr Colin Clarke, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “Somerton is rich in history and has some stunning rural buildings. The Conservation Area is an important way of protecting these assets through the planning process, so I am sure that lots of villagers will want to make their views known.

“By the end of the year we will have appraisals and management plans for all of the 60 Conservation Areas in our district, which is a testament to how seriously we take preserving our rural heritage.”

The Somerton Conservation Area was first designated in 1992 and was last appraised in 1996.

The exhibition will be held on Tuesday, 26 February from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, followed by the public meeting from 7pm to 8pm at Somerton Village Hall.

The draft appraisal will be available online from Tuesday next week on our consultation page.