South Stoke was identified as being of special architectural and historic interest and was designated a Conservation Area 21 July 1982. The extent of its boundary incorporates the main core of the village. The Council has a duty to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of Conservation Areas in exercising its planning powers, and to reappraise the boundaries from time to time. This appraisal will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications. The appraisal identifies elements which contribute to the character of the area and those that detract from it. This provides the basis upon which to develop proposals for preservation and enhancement. The preparation of the appraisal also enabled the local community to participate in the identification of features which are important to the special character of the area in which they live. The appraisal was approved by the Council on 3 June 2014 and the final amended version is now available here.

South Stoke: Summary of Special Interest

  • Unusual hillside location and
    exceptional landscape setting on
    the southern edge of the
    Cotswolds within the Cotswolds
    Area of Outstanding Natural
  • Village built into the slope of a
    valley overlooking the Cam valley
    affording fine extensive vistas
    unencumbered by large scale
    modern development
  • Contribution of natural landscape
    features such as ancient
    deciduous woodland and narrow
    (and often steep) lanes lined with
  • Spring-line settlement resulting
    from underlying geological
  • Small to medium irregular field
    patterns with hedgerow
    boundaries dating from
    mediaeval period
  • Peaceful rural atmosphere with
    little intrusion from traffic despite
    proximity to Bath
  • Absence of street lighting, traffic
    signage, adverts and footways
  • Strong archaeological presence
    and potential including the
    Wansdyke 400 metres to the
    north, Roman villa sites and
    industrial heritage of the
    Somersetshire Coal Canal
  • Facades and roof ridges follow
    topographic contours
  • Prominent position of the Manor
    Farm which constitutes an early
    farm complex with rare surviving
    late mediaeval agricultural
  • A heritage anchored in a Saxon
    Charter of 961
  • Prevalence of historic buildings
    and boundary walls built of local
    Oolitic limestone including the
    Parish Church of St James The
    Great of Norman origin
  • Interesting historic street furniture
    and features including listed K6
    telephone kiosk and historic post
  • Proximity to Somersetshire Coal
    Canal located in the Cam Brook
    valley below
  • Village pattern and grain that has
    undergone little change and
    witnessed limited modern
  • Nucleated village form with
    central village green
  • Vibrant community sustained by
    centrally located parish church,
    community hall and The
    Packhorse Inn




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