Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

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Tom Leimdorfer 09 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q46. Should the Local Plan identify suitable land for large-scale renewable energy development to support new development?

  • Comment ID: 936033//21
This should be considered for the strategic development sites (such as Banwell Garden Village)
Tom Leimdorfer 09 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q51. Do you have any views on our approach to minerals?

  • Comment ID: 936033//22
The existing policy DM14 includes very tight environmental and other criteria for mineral extraction. These should not be relaxed in any way. I would like to see a policy which rules out totally the on-shore extraction of oil and gas (including fracking) as being totally incompatible with the requirement to reduce carbon emissions.
Tom Leimdorfer 09 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: 936033//15
Support Option 1 for retaining existing policy and carefully scrutinising any application for airport expansion to see if it meets the criteria for very special circumstances. Any move to give carte blanche for Bristol Airport expansion is environmentally damaging for the whole area with only limited gains in employment.
Tom Leimdorfer 09 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q53. What are your views on our proposed approach to Green Infrastructure?

  • Comment ID: 936033//23
Strongly support these aspirations. The extension of the Strawberry Line to Clevedon is also a priority,
Tom Leimdorfer 09 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: 936033//16
Much of current planning and decision making is from the viewpoint of current patterns of intensive individual private car use. It is good to see here the emphasis on new technologies, improved public transport, behaviour change and the imperative to reduce carbon emissions from road transport.
Tom Leimdorfer 09 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: 936033//17
Strongly support the move towards 35% affordable housing on sites of 5 dwellings or more. There need to be very tight criteria relating to 'viability' issues so that developers cannot get round the policy requirements. A Land Value Tax (LVT) could deliver a more reliable route to affordable housing.
Tom Leimdorfer 09 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q43. Do you have any views on our intended approach to Health Impact Assessments?

  • Comment ID: 936033//18
Strongly support the proposal to have a specific policy on HIAs in order to protect and improve community health.
Tom Leimdorfer 09 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: 936033//13
A combination of Options 3 and 4 could deliver a more ambitious target for the number of dwellings, particularly towards the second half of the plan period.
Tom Leimdorfer 09 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: 936033//19
Yes, absolutely. We have allowed standards of insulation to stagnate in recent years. Local authorities now have the power the demand higher standards than the national minimum requirements.
Tom Leimdorfer 09 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Urban Living Q30. Do you have any views on the opportunities and challenges of achieving good quality urban intensification within this area?

  • Comment ID: 936033//14
Holistic planning of the A370 corridor is long overdue and the list of issues and aims provides a good starting point.
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