Site Allocations Plan March 2016

Comment ID 14869217//1
Document Section Site Allocations Plan March 2016 Schedule 4: Proposed sites for Local Green Space Nailsea View all on this section
Respondent Deleted User View all by this respondent
Response Date 13 May 2016
Comment

Please accept these preliminary comments against the designation of my land at Nowhere Lane, Nailsea as open green space.

The justification given for Local Green Space Designation:

“Includes former coal tip (“tump”) of historic interest, well treed. Site is important for setting of and views towards this feature. On HER as archaeological site: site of East End Pit, Trendlewood Way, post medieval coal mine . Shown on late 19th century Epoch map. Note: Suggested by Nailsea Town Council and others”.

The National Planning Policy Framework states that:

‘Local Green Spaces may be designated where those spaces are demonstrably special to the 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’

Land owners opinion

There is no evidence to support or demonstrate that the area of land in question is demonstrably special to meet the terms of the NPPF as outlined above. Below I have outlined why the proposed designation cannot be supported:

Landscape/Beauty

The Tump in itself isn’t much of a feature. It was a small slag heap from the coal mining era. It comprises of a steep bank of 3.5 meters in height leading to a relatively flat top. It was planted with trees in around 1900, presumably to stabilise and screen it, as it was no doubt an eye sore as are all slag heaps. The policy of flat topping and screening with trees was commonplace for abandoned slag heaps.

The area of land cannot be described as beautiful because it is an unkempt mound of trees which are only visible in close proximity to the site. We will submit an independent landscape and visual impact prepared under the guidelines of the Landscape Institute to evidence this fact. The site is only visible in very local and glimpsed views in a suburban environment. Other than people who live directly adjoining the site, most of the residents of Trendlewoood Way would not know that the site exists. It cannot be determined as beautiful.

When viewed from Trendlewood way, the view is dominated by a neglected broadleaf hedgerow. There are some views of the Tump through the unintended gaps in the hedgerow, though you would not notice if driving by.

When viewed from Nowhere lane, there is an entrance to the site formed by an established gap of approximately 5 metres in the hedgerow. From here there is a clear view of a small clearing, of about 35m by 17m, which is oppressively dominated by houses on Shetland Way to the North which directly overlook it. Therefore it is a clearing of insignificant size and not an attractive feature for the public when viewed from Nowhere Lane.

The mature trees on the site are protected by TPO but they are unkempt. They have grown to form a good upper canopy, but with very little understory, consisting only of poor self-seeded tree specimens and bramble, ivy and holly. There is no evidence of planting having taken place on this neglected land in many decades and probably not for over 100 years.

Walking further East down Nowhere Lane, the rest of the land comprises of a steep southern bank which runs parallel to the lane, therefore there is nothing significant to see, other than the bank itself and the trees.

Recreational Value

Public right of way over the established linear corridor of Nowhere Lane is protected under existing legislation, therefore additional legislation for its protection is unnecessary.

There are no rights of access across this private site.

Wildlife Value.

The site is small, at ½ an acre. The wildlife survey carried out by the previous owner in 2010 did not find evidence of bats or any protected species. There has been a bat box on one of the trees for several years and it remains unoccupied. There is also evidence of an abandoned outlying badger set. However, wildlife is sufficiently protected by stringent legislation and additional legislation would be cumbersome and unnecessary.

There is no evidence to demonstrate that the site is significant from a wildlife perspective.

Historical Significance

With respect to archaeological and historic significance, I will commission a Heritage Study but to my knowledge the site just comprises a small slag heap of which there are many in Nailsea which was a mining village. This in itself does not represent historic significance.

Summary

In summary, the land at Nowhere Lane does not justify designation as Local Green Space. It is too small and insignificant and the public interest has been overplayed to prevent inappropriate development. The wildlife and the trees are effectively protected by existing legislation. There is extensive green space nearby already, Trendlewood Park for example.

The allocation does not meet the Local Green Space requirements as set out in paragraph 77 of the NPPF and will be resisted for these reasons.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Jukes (Owner)

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