Site Allocations Plan March 2016

Document Section Site Allocations Plan March 2016 Introduction Purpose of the document [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 14828353//3
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Response Date 28 Apr 2016

North Somerset Council is required to accommodate a minimum of 20,985 houses within the Authority area over the plan period of 2006 - 2026. We are already half way through the plan period and according to the Council there is a need to accommodate a shortfall of 1715 dwellings.

As there is a need to find additional sites for this requirement more thought needs to be given to sites that may have current policy constraints, which would otherwise be considered suitable for these uses for a range of other legitimate reasons.  The rolling back of the Green Belt in suitable, sustainable locations that do not conflict with the requirements for the need of the Green Belt in the Site Allocations Plan (Consultation Draft) March 2016 need to be fully considered.

As stated in the Site Allocations Plan (Consultation Draft) March 2016 the purposes of North Somerset’s existing Green Belt is to prevent the sprawl of Bristol and its encroachment into valued countryside and preserve the character of existing settlements, valued strategic gaps between settlements and characteristic green spaces.

Not all areas of Green Belt should be protected in perpetuity just because they are allocated Green Belt. It needs to be assessed and suitable sustainable areas released from an unnecessarily restrictive policy constraint.  These are areas that are not in any way related to the Core Strategy’s and this emerging Plan’s requirement to prevent Bristol’s urban sprawl, that are not high grade agricultural land, are closely related to existing settlement boundaries and have natural boundaries around which the Green Belt can continue to be drawn, areas where development won’t adversely impact on the character of the existing settlement and are sustainable in their own right in terms of location.  

As such areas that have no direct relationship with Bristol that will serve to prevent any additional development from Bristol outwards nor where development in North Somerset compromise or weaken the scale of the buffer between existing settlements and Bristol; are of the lowest grade of agricultural land; would not impact on strategic gaps; and are sustainable settlements, should be assessed and where appropriate the Green Belt should be rolled back.