Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 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? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 1078625//2
Respondent GELLYBELLY [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 19 Dec 2018
  • The Green Belt is strangling Bristol, but it is not sacrosanct nor untouchable. The new South Bristol Link road was built on Green Belt and the continued development of Bristol Airport is also on Green Belt. North Somerset Council (October 2018) granted planning permission for a temporary extension to the Silver Zone car park on Green Belt at Bristol airport and very recently work has started on the large, obtrusive fire station right on the edge of their boundary.
  • I oppose the idea to create a dormitory town in the countryside adjacent to the Mendip Hills AONB rather than build on 2% of North Somerset’s Green Belt.
  • North Somerset Council is encouraging urban sprawl by suggesting a leap-frog over the existing Green Belt to create a soulless, dormitory town (lacking facilities and a sense of community) on good agricultural land adjacent to an AONB. People visit the area because of it's current features, most of which have been created by farming, tourism will suffer if all they can see from the Mendips is a large town in a very inappropriate location, and urban sprawl will have ruined a beautiful part of our county.
  • All the adjacent Local Authorities have proposals for development on green belt and it is possible to reallocate Green Belt further down into North Somerset if Ashton Vale was considered for proposals instead of Churchill/Langford. Ashton Vale is the sensible option for sustainable living, close to existing facilities and transport links, public services etc.
Green belt is not sacrosanct nor untouchable.