Core Strategy - Consultation Draft

Comment ID 1019489/CSCD/2
Document Section Core Strategy - Consultation Draft Chapter 2: Visions and Objectives VIS 2: Weston-super-Mare Vision View all on this section
Respondent National Grid Property Holdings Ltd View all by this respondent
Agent Deleted User
Response Date 19 Feb 2010
Consistent with its objections to the AAP, NGPHL objects to the employment-led development strategy for Weston-super-Mare, which is inconsistent with the Council's stated vision for the town centre in the AAP and the particular emphasis on enhancing its attractiveness as a "good quality, diverse and year-round shopping and leisure destination" (Chapter 4, AAP).

If Weston is to realise its full potential in this plan period, it is important that a more balanced and realistic approach is taken when planning for the future growth of this area. This approach should be equally conducive towards other forms of development (such as housing and retail), particularly where it would result in the viable, beneficial and sustainable redevelopment of a site.

In this respect, the Council has accepted in the Core Strategy the need to balance its employment growth strategy with an equivalent amount of housing and so this should be more explicitly recognised in policy.

Accordingly, NGPHL conditionally objects to this policy, subject to Paragraph 2 of the policy being amended as per the highlighted below:

"By 2026 a balanced employment and housing-led development strategy will have achieved a strong and diverse economic profile in Weston-super-Mare with an improved range, quantity and quality of local employment opportunities which redresses the imbalance between employment and homes reducing the dependency on out-commuting by car for work and improving self-containment and sustainable living".

Consistent with its representations to the AAP, the stated vision for Weston Town Centre (paragraph 4) is supported.

The stated vision for the Gateway (Paragraph 6) is also supported on the basis that a "distinctive entrance to the town" and a "sense of arrival" can be achieved exclusively through well-designed residential development on the Winterstoke Road site.