Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 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? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 706241//2
Respondent Nailsea Town Council [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 15 Nov 2018
Comment

The Nailsea Vision is a continuing vital component of the Town Council’s response to Issues and Options, and the emerging Local Plan and Joint Spatial Plan.

With reference to point 7, NTC is strongly opposed to the proposed development of south west Nailsea and endorses the notion that development can be better located to the north of the town. In principle, NTC supports development around the existing settlement boundary (‘wrap-around’) which would fulfil the development goals of the Local Plan more efficiently and effectively than the south west Nailsea option. Development to the north is closest to the town centre, and an improved road infrastructure will open up the existing commercial estates/employment sites for further development and lead to the creation of jobs, which no other proposed scenario achieves.

Reinforcing this argument, the south west Nailsea proposal contradicts issue 6 in that by having its own retail centre it would undermine the highly important goal of improving and enhancing the town centre.

The focus on highways and transport should not be restricted to the strategic road network (without which the south west development is not viable). There are existing constraints on local roads in all directions to and from Nailsea i.e. Stone Edge Batch, Wraxall Hill, Wraxall Village, and the railway bridge at Backwell – these need to be the initial focus of any infrastructure plan. The country roads to the south and west are narrow and on their own could not support a south west development.

The first bullet point is crucial. Fundamental to the housing developments is a comprehensive and integrated plan. Infrastructure, in particular roads, must be properly planned and implemented before any major housing development. This approach is essential in funding infrastructure, including utilising S106 and Community Infrastructure Levy funds in support of a masterplan.

The Town Council has commissioned an independent professional transport study which has confirmed the feasibility of improving and developing the road system to the north of the town, in accordance with the proposals contained in this consultation response.

Summary
NTC is strongly opposed to the proposed development of south west Nailsea and endorses the notion that development can be better located to the north of the town. In principle, NTC supports development around the existing settlement boundary. The focus on highways and transport should not be restricted to the strategic road network. Fundamental to the housing developments is a comprehensive and integrated plan.
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