Site Allocations Plan - Main Modifications Consultation

Document Section Site Allocations Plan - Main Modifications Consultation MM2 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 17887521//1
Respondent Deleted User [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Williams Gallagher
Response Date 27 Oct 2017
Comment

Policy SA4 requires additional text to make it clear that any alternative proposals for retail uses will be subject to the sequential and impact tests set by Policy DM66 and DM67 of the North Somerset Sites and Policies Plan. It should also confirm that other town centre uses, such as gyms and restaurants will equally be required to adhere to the requirements of the sequential test set by Paragraph 26 of the NPPF and for leisure uses above 2,500 sqm an impact assessment will also be required in accordance with Paragraph 27 of the NPPF.

The above additions are necessary because at present the North Somerset Sites and Policies Plan is deficient (silent) in relation to the application of the sequential and impact tests for town centre uses other than retail. 

In addition, it would be appropriate to set out that the development plan supports a town centre first approach therefore where town centre uses are sought having demonstrated that criteria i-iv of Policy SA4 are met, these uses should only ever be to provide a supporting function for the immediate area and not provide a draw beyond this local function. 

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