Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 17923265//2
Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Employment Q37: How else can the Local Plan help to maintain and increase employment growth associated to Weston-super-Mare? [View all comments on this section]
Respondent South Bristol Business (M. Knight) [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018

We were interested to read the section of the Document relating to Employment. We again give support to policies to significantly increase new business creation, expansion of existing businesses and thereby, the creation of jobs and employment, particularly, for local people. However, we have concerns as to whether there is an adequate supply of allocated Employment Land for both commercial and industrial uses within the North Somerset Council Local Plan to meet the potentially great economic challenge of the wider area.  We support the provision for both adequate “high tec” and “low tech” job creation and we applaud and support Junction 21 - Weston Gateway new business and employment developments. 

However :- Importance of North Somerset and South Bristol Economic Border co-operation and the future gains that can arise for both Authorities.

We wish to raise, once again, our concern at the absence of comment as to the wider North Somerset and South Bristol economy and in this context, the adequacy of Employment Land and Infrastructure. We recognise that this is at the same time, both a local matter and a wider West of England strategic matter, as in practice North Somerset and South Bristol are inextricably joined in economic terms. North Somerset has not seen private sector employment growth opportunities, on its northern border, to complement past, current and future house-building outputs and Bristol City Council has similarly not been able to achieve private sector business and employment expansion in South Bristol. We believe a strong contributory reason for this regrettable position is the lack of Employment/Industrial Land and traffic infrastructure provision.  This must be a matter of ongoing concern for both Councils, in an area of significant population set to increase under the Local Plan. We suggest for consideration, enhanced cross border local authority dialogue with private sector business to address the issues to secure private sector business and employment generation over this wider area.

Support policies to increase new business creation and applaud Junction 21 business and employment developments. Concerned about absence of policies for the wider north Somerset economy and cross border co-operation with Bristol City Council.