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The Belmont Estate 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Bristol Airport Q38. What are your thoughts on the four proposed options for a Bristol Airport policy in the new Local Plan 2036? Do you have a preferred option?

  • Comment ID: 21425377//7
The Estate is extremely concerned regarding any potential expansion of Bristol Airport. The Estate is of the opinion that such a proposal would be significantly environmentally damaging through both noise and air pollution as well as specifically the increased number of trips that would be associated with any expansion (not least in light of the strain that the proposed SDLs risk causing to the road network).
The Belmont Estate 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: 21425377//1
Concerns regarding new strategic development at Nailsea and Backwell in its representations to the JSP given the reliance upon the delivery of significant new highways infrastructure to deliver these developments which will evidently result in significant environmental harm, including harm to designated heritage assets.
The Belmont Estate 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Transport Q39. Are there any other transport issues or challenges that have been missed? How can they be addressed in the Local Plan?

  • Comment ID: 21425377//8
The Estate is concerned regarding the latest JSP Transport Topic Paper (8) and the modelling that has been undertaken which does not appear to have not been validated using current traffic flows on the SBL and at the A370 roundabout. The Estate is also concerned regarding the lack of consideration regarding the Cumberland basin which already experiences significant traffic congestion issues.
The Belmont Estate 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q5. 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: 21425377//2
Key Issue 2 queries whether there should there be more opportunity for communities within the Green Belt to address their local housing and other needs. In this regard, the Estate is keen to highlight that it is looking to expand its rural business activities and tourist accommodation offer. However, due to the Green Belt confines this is restricting the options available to the Estate. The Estate is keen to discuss this further with Officers and to explore opportunities for expansion.
The Belmont Estate 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q42. Do you have any views on our intended approach to Woodland Neighbourhoo

  • Comment ID: 21425377//9
The Estate welcomes a review regarding Woodland Neighbourhoods. It is suggested that such an approach could also be applicable to the Belmont Estate, via policy consideration for new visitor accommodation and enhancing the rural economy in the Green Belt to enable appropriate and sensitive proposals that are synonymous within the open countryside to be bought forward at the Estate.
The Belmont Estate 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Backwell Q19. Do you have any comments on the proposed vision for Backwell?

  • Comment ID: 21425377//3
We would also like to take this opportunity to emphasise the potential impact on significant Heritage Assets of a new M5 Junction to serve a new road from Nailsea. We therefore suggest that if the road network has to be modified, the Vision for Backwell needs to be amended.
The Belmont Estate 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q50. Do you have any views on the conversion of holiday accommodation to residential use in the countryside? What approach should future policies take?

  • Comment ID: 21425377//10
The Estate is keen to expand as a rural business and tourist offering to enable the enjoyment of its heritage assets for existing and future generations. At present, planning policy is somewhat restrictive of new development under Policy DM57 which takes a less pragmatic approach to new development than the NPPF. The Estate therefore welcomes the opportunity for a full review of this policy to ensure it is suitably flexible and line with the provisions of the NPPF.
The Belmont Estate 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Backwell Q20. Do you agree with the principles set out for Backwell and would you suggest any changes to these?

  • Comment ID: 21425377//4
We suggest that the principles for development at Backwell need to take into account that any new highways infrastructure to support the development needs to take into account the effect of the proposals on designated heritage assets such as that at the Belmont Estate. This is not currently reflected in the principles and is an important point, as highlighted above, and also as highlighted by Historic England in response to the JSP consultation.
The Belmont Estate 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Nailsea Q23. Do you have any comments on the proposed vision for Nailsea?

  • Comment ID: 21425377//5
We remain concerned regarding the lack of identification regarding the protection and enhancement of heritage assets and their settings in the vicinity of development at Nailsea. We suggest the Vision should be updated to reflect this point accordingly.
The Belmont Estate 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Nailsea Q24. Do you agree with the principles set out for Nailsea and would you suggest any changes to these?

  • Comment ID: 21425377//6
Again, we consider that the principles for development at Nailsea need to highlight the importance of protecting and enhancing designated heritage assets and their settings as a central element of any new development. Furthermore, the Estate remains concerned regarding proposals for new highway infrastructure as identified in earlier representations, including those proposed between Hanham Way and Station Road.