Site Allocations Plan March 2016

Comment ID 14980897//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). Portishead South west of Severn Paper Mill View all on this section
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Response Date 28 Apr 2016


Alder King Planning Consultants have been instructed by our clients, Taylor Wimpey UK Limited, to make representations to the consultation on the Site Allocations Plan March 2016. This representation is made in the interest of promoting the remnant land at the former Severn Paper Mill for residential allocation. The Site Allocations Plan is being prepared by North Somerset to allocate land for development to help deliver the key policies set out in the North Somerset Core Strategy. This includes identifying land to meet the housing need within North Somerset, as well as employment, environmental protection, leisure and community uses.

These representations relate to the land at the former Severn Paper Mill (the site), a location plan of which is appended to this letter. The site comprises a vacant brownfield site, which is situated to the north east of Portishead. The site was formerly the Severn Paper Mill and was last occupied by AP Burt & Sons Ltd for the production of paper and polythene bags. In total the site measures some 1.7 hectares (4.2 acres).

The boundaries of the site are set to the east by the Ashlands residential development; to the south by an industrial area; and the Portbury Linear Park to the north west. To the north of the site is further land which was part of the former Severn Paper Mill. Taylor Wimpey is in the process of constructing 117 dwellings on this land pursuant to a Reserved Matters approval granted in January 2015 (14/P/1186/RM).

The site currently has an employment allocation under saved policy E/5 of the North Somerset Replacement Local Plan (2007) which is unviable. An outline permission for employment use was granted in 2013, which is set to expire this month. The site has been marketed for in excess of two years and no employment redevelopment proposals have been forthcoming. Taylor Wimpey has therefore been pursuing a residential redevelopment allocation. Representations were made to the Call for Sites in March 2015, and a marketing report was made available as part of this process. The site has now been identified in the Site Allocations Plan consultation document as a residential allocation for 70 dwellings, which is wholly supported. The consultation document is accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal. This provides an assessment of the site which concludes it is a sustainable allocation for residential use, which will result in the redevelopment of previously developed land.

In addition to the above, the site has further merits such as it being sustainably located within the urban settlement, where the principle is established for residential development. The site itself is in an accessible location, in close proximity to the town centre (800m), and it is close to the proposed train station. The site is well related to the local facilities and services that will be supported by the residents of the proposal. The site is well positioned adjacent to phase 1 of the development and will be well integrated into the surroundings as a continuation of this scheme. For all the above reasons, the site is in a sustainable and appropriate location for residential development, and the draft residential allocation should be carried through to adoption. As you may be aware, Taylor Wimpey recently consulted on its residential proposals for the site. The proposal is being further developed and a full application will be submitted to North Somerset Council in the short term.

Plan attached.