Core Strategy - Consultation Draft

Comment ID 3619969/CSCD/3
Document Section Core Strategy - Consultation Draft Chapter 2: Visions and Objectives VIS 6: Service Villages Vision [View all comments on this section]
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Response Date 23 Feb 2010
3.4 When identifying smaller towns and villages, the SWRSS advises that LDDs will: 'need to reflect the different roles and characteristics of settlements as well as their functional relationships with surrounding areas and other, larger settlements, including the SSCTs' (RSS, para 3.5.3).

3.5 It is considered that, overall, the vision has a rural bias, which fails to reflect the fact that some service villages, due to their close proximity to SSCTs exhibit less in terms of rural character. Long Ashton is an example of such a service village, with the settlement having a clear functional relationship with Bristol. In the case of Long Ashton, the promotion of development more befitting to a rural settlement would undermine opportunities for further growth to enable it to become more self-sufficient (and thereby self-contained) by increasing the viability of its existing community facilities and providing new ones, which by its own admission are urgently required. At the same time the growth required to attain this greater self-sufficiency can contribute towards the acknowledged requirement for housing and employment in south-west Bristol as identified in the SW RSS - hence the reason for Long Ashton's inclusion in the SWBUE Area of Search.