Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q7. 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 21228385//1
Respondent Christopher Day [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 08 Dec 2018
Comment

Question 5. I do NOT agree with the premise that the green belt around Bristol is inviolable. The justification of 'preventing sprawl from Bristol' makes no sense when set against the recommendations for a 'sprawl' of 4575 houses in so called 'garden villages' in the middle of established rural areas. The area between the new South Bristol Link and the city of Bristol is close to jobs, infrastructure and established public transport links. Building large scale housing there is the most sustainable option available in North Somerset. 

North Somerset  is the only council in the former Avon to rule out the use of green belt land for housing. The expression:'large scale speculative housing proposals' holds no water when set against the equally large scale proposals being made, by the Council, for developments in Banwell and Churchill made in this plan. North Somerset Council appear to to have noticed that the South Bristol Link, and sections of Bristol Airport, are on Green Belt land. 

 

Summary
North Somerset Council should abandon the plans for so-called 'garden villages' in the Banwell and Churchill areas, concentrating instead on development in the area between the South Bristol Link and the outskirts of Bristol, close to jobs and established transport infrastructure. 'Sprawl from Bristol' will do considerably less long term damage to the environment of North Somerset then 'sprawl' over the Central Parishes.
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