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 CS31:Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 4207073//6
Respondent Deleted User [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 18 Dec 2015
Comment

The remaining distribution of higher housing numbers to predominantly Nailsea, the Service Villages and other settlements, amounts to an increase of 3000 homes to these areas, without any assessment of the impact. These communities already experience substantial out commuting and therefore this increase will only exacerbate the problem. The spatial strategy has been significantly altered in respect of these areas, amounting to a 200% increase housing in these areas.  This is a fundamental change in the plans spatial strategy. This may not represent the most sustainable alternative and certainly needs testing.

Therefore this is an objection to proposed policy CS 31.

The application of the spatial distribution of housing, which is this basis of these remitted policies, must follow current national guidelines, including NPPF. Whilst there is a need to have regard to existing adopted policies within the Plan, it cannot be the case that where the policy requirement is for atleast a 400 % increase in housing supply at Nailsea, without any prosposed increase in employment, the consideration of such delivery, simply relies upon the same spatial strategy as the earlier, lower housing figure.

The Council must therefore assess any spatial strategy to deliver this higher housing figure both against existing strategic objectives of the plan, whilst undertaking a Strategic Environmental Assessment of that spatial strategy. In the absence of this work, it is not possible to determine the environmental effects of these policy changes, nor to consider their compatibility alongside the adopted plan’s strategic objectives. This process also requires the local authority to consider and assess alternative options, to deliver the new housing requirement Policy CS13.

Finally, the Council need to consider the text supporting any changes to remitted policy CS 31. They have failed to do this and consequently the existing text does not meet any proposed changes, nor the new CS 13.

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