Site Allocations Plan March 2016

Comment ID 14828769//1
Document Section Site Allocations Plan March 2016 Schedule 1: Proposed large sites for residential development over 10 dwellings (Sites marked with a * are mixed use sites). Clevedon North of Churchill Avenue View all on this section
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Response Date 28 Apr 2016


Clevedon Town Council request that the land north of Churchill Avenue be included under Policy SA 7 Schedule 4 Local Green Space not under Policy SA 2 Housing Allocation Site. 

The reason Clevedon Town Council feel so strongly that this is an issue is that on 2nd June 1930 the Urban District Council of Clevedon (a forerunner of Clevedon Town Council) purchased this land for the sum of £275 to hold this land for the purposes of a recreational ground under  the powers of the Public Health Acts 1875 and 1925 Section 69.   Therefore this is a commitment on all successive owners of the land.

NSC is reminded that this purchase in 1930 was assisted by the public contributions and even penny donations from local children towards the purchase of this land.  Hence the local name Penny Fields has been attached to this land ever since.

The National Planning Policy Framework paragraph 77 states; ‘ The Local Green Space designation should only be used where the green space is in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves’.  This is clearly the case in this instance in that Penny Fields is surrounded by local housing including flats with no gardens housing young families and elderly persons bungalows as well as family homes that back onto this land.

Furthermore paragraph 77 also states the designation should be used

‘ where the green area is demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife’.

In summary the Town Council has further reasons for claiming this area as a Local Green Space;

1)     recreational value for the residents of this community both those living adjacent and further away from this field;  

2)     richness of wildlife – the River Land Yeo flows through the site and provides a very special wildlife habitat;

3)     historic significance in view of the history of how this site was originally purchased.  

All of these three points are extremely important to the town and the people of Clevedon.


Note: The Town Council believe this is acknowledged by North Somerset Council as in the Council’s recent Life magazine issue 130 March-April 16 it clearly specifies this land as a recreational ground (ref second paragraph middle column page 25).