Core Strategy-Examination into consequential changes of remaining remitted policies Proposed main modifications

Comment ID 3361153//2
Document Section Core Strategy-Examination into consequential changes of remaining remitted policies Proposed main modifications Policy CS28, Modification CC-MM04 [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Deleted User [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 05 Sep 2016
Comment

PHSV support the proposed modification to the second paragraph to the policy and in particular the replacement of ‘balanced with’ with ‘together with’ and ‘around 10,914 additional new dwellings’ with ‘a minimum of 12,600 dwellings.’

PHSV support new paragraph 6 which introduces more flexibility in relation to the seventh bullet point, by referring to objectives which should be taken in to account.

There is a significant change to the supporting paragraphs under the heading ‘How and Where the Policy will be Delivered.’ This seeks to introduce a policy limit of around 75 dwellings on sites outside the settlement boundary of the town.  Our concern here is that there is no evidence to justify a limit of around 75 dwellings or indeed any numerical limit. This is an example of where the modifications incorporate more flexible wording on the one hand but then add additional restrictions.  The overall result is to create more uncertainty and even more complex policy requirements.  However, helpfully the wording does set out the reasons for imposing a limit.  Therefore to be sound, we consider the numerical limit should be deleted from the policy and the reasons for the policy  included as part of a criteria based approach to determining proposals adjacent to settlement boundaries as follows:

Flexibility is introduced to permit new sustainable development on sites adjacent to the settlement boundary of Weston-super-Mare.  Sites outside the settlement boundary should demonstrate that they are able to be assimilated into the existing urban framework and are unlikely to result in infrastructure and environmental impacts.  Larger sites should be brought forward as allocations so that they can be consulted upon as part of the plan process, their impacts can be assessed in advance and any necessary mitigation measures identified at the outset.’

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