North Somerset Core Strategy Consultation on consequential changes to remitted policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32, CS33

Document Section North Somerset Core Strategy Consultation on consequential changes to remitted policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32, CS33 Policy CS14 Distribution of new housing [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 14394465//1
Respondent Deleted User [View all comments by this respondent]
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Response Date 18 Dec 2015
Comment

As a result of the increase of the overall housing requirement to 20,985 dwellings in plan period (2006-2026) in Core Policy CS13, the proposed changes to CS14 include a proposal to increase the number of dwellings allocated to the Service Villages (which includes Wrington) to 1,861 dwellings (originally 805 dwellings) in the plan period (2006-2026). This proposed change means that Service Villages would be allocated a higher proportion of the total housing requirement (9%) than originally proposed (5.75%). The increase in percentage of the requirement to be provided in the Service Villages is supported, given the suitability and capacity of these villages to support more growth.
However, the Council’s Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment December 2014 indicates that in comparison with other locations with the settlement hierarchy, the Service Villages provide the largest proportion of housing sites (36%) which are suitable for development and in line with the policy objectives of the Core Strategy. This equates to approximately 5,052 dwellings that could be accommodated on sites in and around the Service Villages whilst being in line with policy objectives in the Core Strategy.
There is a need for additional housing development in rural areas to support the rural economy; to provide housing where need exists; and to improve the supply of affordable housing in rural locations. The additional housing should be focused at the Service Villages.
However, the Council have proposed to locate an additional 667 dwellings in the “other settlements and countryside”. The Council have stated “no additional growth other than windfalls is anticipated” in the “other settlements and countryside” and on this basis; it is not clear why the proportion of housing to this area is proposed to rise. In any case, rather than distributing additional dwellings to the “other settlements and countryside” which is recognised as the least sustainable location for growth, the Council should be planning positively by allocating dwellings in the most appropriate places. The Service Villages represent the most appropriate location for growth within the rural area and therefore the additional dwellings currently distributed to the “other settlements”(667 dwellings), should be reallocated to the Service Villages, where
there is capacity. Any windfall dwellings that come forward in the “other settlements and countryside” in the plan period can be seen as an additional contribution above the minimum housing requirement.
It is noted that the Council do not propose to amend the text within policy CS14. However, the increase in housing that has resulted from the changes to CS13, require a far greater number of dwellings to be located within the Service Villages than originally proposed, and this should be reflected in the wording of the policy
Suggested Changes to Policy:
New housing development 2006–2026 will be accommodated in accordance with the following hierarchy:
Weston-super-Mare will be the focus for new residential development within North Somerset, including the strategic allocation at Weston Villages. Development at Weston will be employment-led.
Outside Weston, most additional development will take place in the towns of Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead on existing site allocations or through new development within their settlement boundaries, or in Nailsea through site allocations outside the Green Belt.
In the rural areas new residential development will be strictly controlled although focussed at service villages where there will be opportunities for small-scale development, including site specific allocations either within up to date settlement boundaries as defined in the Site Allocations DPD or through site allocations. In infill villages limited infilling will be acceptable within settlement boundaries.
Priority will be given to the re-use of previously developed land. In all cases, new housing development must not conflict with environmental protection, Green Belt, nature conservation or any other relevant policies of the Development Plan and should provide any necessary mitigating or compensatory measures to address any adverse implications.
Residential density will be determined primarily by local character and good quality design. The target net density across North Somerset is 40 dwellings per hectare, although this may be higher at highly accessible locations, and less in sensitive areas or where lower density development is positively encouraged.
Settlement boundaries for Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead, the service villages and infilling villages will remain as defined in the Replacement Local Plan pending any alterations as part of any future Sites and Policies Development Plan Document or a Neighbourhood Development Plan. All other settlement boundaries will be deleted.
The broad distribution of new dwellings will be a minimum of:
Area                                   Net additional dwellings
                                                      2006–2026
Weston urban area
(excluding Weston Villages)               6,459
Weston Villages                                 6,500
Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead       4,976
Service villages                                  2,528
Other settlements and countryside       522

                                                Total 20,985

Do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination? No
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