North Somerset Local Plan 2038 Preferred Options

Comment ID 20273121//8
Document Section North Somerset Local Plan Preferred Options: Consultation Draft March 2022 3. Strategic Policies SP6: Villages and rural areas SP6: Villages and rural settlements View all on this section
Respondent CPRE Avonside View all by this respondent
Response Date 29 Apr 2022
Please select one of the following statements:
  • Support the policy allocation with amendments (provide details in the comments box below)

CPRE are unsure as to the benefits of settlement boundaries where they’ve previously been ‘washed over’ in Green Belt, unless it felt that in proposed release of Green Belt will provide more pressure for development in these areas? All communities should have clear policies to reinforce local distinctiveness, address local need and to not have adverse impacts.
We support the re-use of previously developed land in rural areas provided it meets the requirements indicated.
We are not supportive of ‘other uses may be acceptable outside settlement boundaries’ – what does this mean? It appears to be a ‘get out’ clause that will enable too much flexibility for development proposals to come forward unnecessarily.
Currently there is nothing to stop proposals coming forward anyway and this does nothing to contain those proposals and could be a weakness to be exploited. We suggest clarity in adding ‘development outside or adjacent to Settlement Boundaries will not be acceptable’.