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 9242497//3
Respondent Butcombe [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 04 Jan 2019

The concept of a ‘Green Belt’ is usually defined as an area of countryside where urbanisation will be resisted for the foreseeable future, maintaining a region where agriculture, forestry and outdoor leisure can be expected to prevail.

For many years, due to its status as Green Belt, the valley between Nailsea and Tower House Wood has not been considered at all suitable for development. There are many obvious reasons for this, including:

  1. Serious flood risk due to the gradient that leads from the town (which is 31 metres above sea level) down to the river Land Yeo.
  2. Potential pollution of above river.
  3. Major traffic problems would arise at either end of the valley without considerable investment in the infrastructure.
  4. Not close to the urban centre of Nailsea, nor the railway station.  
  5. It is an area rich in wildlife. Tower House Wood is an ancient woodland and it is essential to preserve it as an amenity for the community.

I am pleased to read that North Somerset Council consider that this situation should be maintained, and so, I am in full support of the Council’s policy in this matter.

Green belt between Nailsea and Tower House Wood should be maintained.