Site Allocations Plan March 2016

Document Section Site Allocations Plan March 2016 Schedule 1: Proposed large sites for residential development over 10 dwellings (Sites marked with a * are mixed use sites). Service Villages Venus Street, Congresbury [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 14838017//3
Respondent Deleted User [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 28 Apr 2016

I write on behalf of my clients Strongvox Homes Ltd (Strongvox) in response to the current consultation on the North Somerset Council’s Sites and Policies Plan (Part 2): Site Allocations Plan (hereafter referred to as SAP). Strongvox has a land interest at Venus Street, Congresbury which is proposed for allocation within the SAP via Policy SA 2: Housing Allocations.

Policy SA 2: Housing Allocations

This policy makes a series of residential allocations from the following sources:

  • Existing allocation in adopted plans: review of unimplemented sites within the Replacement Local Plan
  • Daft allocation in the 2013 Site Allocations Draft for Consultation: reassessment of previous allocated sites in light of consultation responses and other considerations
  • New allocations to address the shortfall as a consequence of the adoption of the new housing requirement: identification and assessment of potential opportunities.

All of the proposed allocations are for sites in excess of 10 units and there is an expectation that each will be compliant with other policy requirements including affordable housing.

One of the proposed allocations is that of the Strongvox site at Venus Street, Congresbury (site plan attached to this letter. Schedule 1, sets out the status of the site as of April 2015. We are somewhat surprised that the status used within this table is over a year out of date.

In relation to the Venus Street site it is important to note that a revised application (16/P/0147/F) was considered by the Council’s Planning Committee on 9th March 2016 at which Members resolved to approve the scheme subject to the conclusion of the legal agreement. We can confirm that the legal agreement is now agreed and just remains to be signed.

Accordingly we welcome the allocation of the Venus Street site and consider that the site is available, developable and deliverable within the next 5 years. As a result the site will contribute positively to the Council’s housing land supply.