Core Strategy - Consultation Draft

Document Section Core Strategy - Consultation Draft Chapter 3: Spatial Policies Delivering a Prosperous Economy CS21: Retail Hierarchy and Provision CS21: Retail Hierarchy and Provision [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 3322817/CSCD/4
Respondent Deleted User [View all comments by this respondent]
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Response Date 17 Feb 2010
Current Status Accepted
Our client supports the identification of Nailsea as a 'Market Town' and also supports the Council's strategy to improve the mix of town centre uses in each centre and to protect their vitality and viability.
We note that policy CS21 reflects the guidance contained in Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 6 'Planning for Town Centres' and also refers to the North Somerset Retail and Leisure Study (2006). Firstly, the Council will now be aware that PPS6 has been replaced by PPS4 'Planning for Sustainable Economic Growth' whereby Policy CS21 should now be formulated to accord with this new guidance. This will include a review of the criteria against which town centre uses will be assessed.
Secondly, the North Somerset Retail and Leisure Study, prepared by Donaldsons in 2005 and published in 2006, is considered to be out of date, with the initial research upon which the report is based being 5 years old. Accordingly, we suggest that the 2006 Donaldsons Retail and Leisure study fails to provide a reliable and up-to-date study upon which to base the Core Strategy. Given the importance of this background document as part of the evidence base, we would question whether the conclusions drawn in relation to retail capacity in North Somerset are robust and recommend that a new Retail and Leisure Study should be prepared.