Core Strategy - Consultation Draft

Document Section Core Strategy - Consultation Draft Chapter 2: Visions and Objectives VIS 1: North Somerset Vision [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 3314305/CSCD/1
Respondent ianbennett [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 12 Feb 2010
Current Status Accepted
The emphasis on development of the coastal towns and particularly the
over-emphasis on development of Weston is completely incompatible
with concerns over global warming and flooding.
If North Somerset is to grow in a balanced manner, attention should be
paid to avoid policies which encourage distorted growth - ie the latest
proposal in the Core Strategy for 9,000 homes in Weston, and only limited
housing growth elsewhere, mainly focussed on Portishead, Clevedon and Nailsea.
These four towns were the focus for growth under Policy HI of the
Replacement Local Plan Adopted 2007, which effectively sterilised
significant housing growth in the service villages, other than for
infill which has been strictly limited by tightly drawn village boundaries.
To maintain a balanced growth across the district, employment
and both affordable and private housing development outside the
restrictions of these village fences should be considered where
sustainability is either evident or can effectively be achieved by
further growth
- for example, villages such as Yatton, Congresbury and Backwell, all
of which have ready access to a railway station, but are in danger of
losing facilities to larger retail centres for reason of recent growth