Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

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Alex Child 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q2. Do you agree with these or are there other challenges or issues which we have not included and how might the Local Plan address these?

  • Comment ID: 17440193//2
The supply of specialised accommodation for home ownership is extremely limited in comparison with demand in North Somerset and particularly so in Clevedon. Policy formulation for Clevedon should therefore include provisions that specifically encourage the provision of retirement housing for older people.
Alex Child 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q47. Where a new policy sets a % reduction in carbon emissions, if it is deemed this cannot be met on-site, should it introduce a mechanism to collect off-site carbon-emission payments?

  • Comment ID: 17440193//9
Given that it may not be so practicable to provide carbon reducing features to retirement housing developments additional care will be required in application to such a mechanism to retirement housing to ensure that such contributions do not compromise the viability of developments.
Alex Child 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q3. Do you agree with these or are there other challenges or issues which we have not included and how might the Local Plan address these?

  • Comment ID: 17440193//3
The housing needs for older people in the town should be specifically assessed and if necessary, policy formulation for Nailsea should include provisions that specifically encourage the provision of retirement housing for older people
Alex Child 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q4. Do you agree with these or are there other challenges or issues which we have not included and how might the Local Plan address these?

  • Comment ID: 17440193//4
The housing needs for older people in the town should be specifically assessed and if necessary, policy formulation for Portishead should include provisions that specifically encourage the provision of retirement housing for older people
Alex Child 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q48. Do you have any views on our intended approach to flood risk?

  • Comment ID: 17440193//10
The intended approach that policy will make clear that the development of urban sites within areas benefiting from defences is normally a wider sustainability benefit to the community that outweighs flood risk is supported.
Alex Child 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Urban Living Q27. What are your views on the proposed options for increasing urban living?

  • Comment ID: 17440193//5
The role that Retirement Housing can play in increasing densities should be recognised and supported.
Alex Child 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q41. Do you have any views on the review of affordable housing policies?

  • Comment ID: 17440193//6
It is critical that any affordable housing policy should be based on a robust assessment of viability which considers the full implications of the economics of retirement housing. It will be critical for the Viability Assessment that will underpin the Local Plan to recognise this.
Alex Child 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q54. Are there any other policy areas you feel need to be considered – either new policies, or amendments to an existing policy?

  • Comment ID: 17440193//1
We consider that the best approach towards meeting the diverse housing needs of older people is by having clear and specific policies that encourage the delivery of specialist forms of accommodation such as sheltered / retirement housing and Extra Care accommodation. This is an expectation of the NPPG and possibly the subject of further legislation through the White Paper and in areas of similar demographics and housing needs, many Development Plan documents already do this.
Alex Child 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q44. Should a new policy aspire to net zero carbon new development?

  • Comment ID: 17440193//7
If policies are to be pursued that seek to reduce carbon generation, care will have required in its application to retirement housing for older people. Such developments have their own construction and management constraints that may impact on their ability to meet lower thresholds. Viability will also be a factor as a result. The impact of lower carbon generation will be different to that of conventional housing and needs to be considered accordingly.
Alex Child 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q45. Should a new policy require a significant increase in the use of renewable and low carbon energy generation?

  • Comment ID: 17440193//8
If policies are to be pursued that seek to reduce carbon generation, care will have required in its application to retirement housing for older people. Such developments have their own construction and management constraints that may impact on their ability to meet lower thresholds. Viability will also be a factor as a result. The impact of lower carbon generation will be different to that of conventional housing and needs to be considered accordingly.