Core Strategy - Consultation Draft

Document Section Core Strategy - Consultation Draft Chapter 5: SW Bristol Urban Extension Emerging Guidelines for Development [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 933697/CSCD/25
Respondent Bristol Water [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Deleted User
Response Date 19 Feb 2010
Current Status Accepted
Comment
Twelve guidelines are set out at paragraph 5.23. We comment specifically on points 4, 11 and 12.

Point 4:
It will be necessary to ensure that green space and green infrastructure provision is not the only central feature identified as being important for new development. Utilities provision (for example) will also be key.

Point 11:
As part of the 'Emerging Guidelines for Development', the Core Strategy states that development should:
? 'Include comprehensive flood management and flood mitigation measures as well as
any necessary measures arising from the proximity of the Barrow reservoirs.' (p.162, para. 5.23).
We are pleased to see that there is a direct reference to the Barrow reservoirs, but are unclear from point no.11 precisely what may be intended by reference to 'any necessary measures'. We would suggest, therefore, that point no.11 should be reworded in order to refer to 'mitigating measures', and measures required to make new development safe, taking account of relevant legislation and statutory requirements (and any other necessary requirements).

Point 12:
At point no.12, we would wish to see 'community involvement' broadened to include reference to stakeholders and utility providers.

We would support the incorporation of a further guideline that refers to the phasing of any development to the south west of Bristol (as referenced by the Core Strategy at paragraph 3.216), as this will be a key issue and consideration.

Density:
Paragraph 5.27 suggests that the Council has concerns relating to the density of new development.We believe that it would be perfectly possible to require a minimum threshold for development of 50 dph, whilst still protecting the environment.

The Government aim of achieving efficient use of land requires appropriate densities to be achieved for all development. The appropriate density will depend on the level of current and future accessibility to employment opportunities, services and other facilities, taking account of (for example) site
characteristics, local context, sustainable design (etc). Providing that the Core Strategy makes adequate reference to such matters, we see no reason why higher densities cannot be achieved in line with Government guidance.
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