Core Strategy - Consultation Draft

Comment ID 3347041/CSCD/2
Document Section Core Strategy - Consultation Draft Chapter 2: Visions and Objectives VIS 1: North Somerset Vision [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Deleted User [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 19 Feb 2010
NHSNS considers that the visions for North Somerset and each settlement (VIS 1, VIS 3, VIS 5, VIS 6) should make reference to the need for healthcare facilities in urban areas. To this end, the following amendments are proposed:

"VIS 1: North Somerset Vision
Weston-super-Mare will be established as a major economic centre south of Bristol catering for the employment, social, HEALTHCARE and leisure needs of its population whilst attracting visitors to support this role. New development areas will be established, creating mixed-use communities valued for their high standards of sustainability, quality of life and inspired design."

NHSNS requires flexibility to be able to respond to changing circumstances with regards major development, or population increases. On this basis, we consider that the Core Strategy should set a commitment to provide healthcare facilities accessible to all settlements within North Somerset.

This is consistent with Government advice contained within Planning Policy Statement 12 (PPS 12), which requires (para 4.46) Core Strategies policies to be flexible and effective at dealing with changing circumstances.