Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 7800929//2
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]
Respondent Wraxall and Failand Parish Council [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 04 Jan 2019

It is considered that the published feedback from the Nailsea Urban Extension Workshop held on 20 November 2018 reflected differing views on the challenges and issues.

The Strategic Development Location to the south west of Nailsea (SDL-N) can be considered to be a ‘dormitory’ development resulting in increased commuting to Bristol. New transport corridors (roads and MetroBus links) are proposed to take the additional commuter traffic, feeding into the Cumberland Basin road network that is already at capacity. The West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) does not propose improvements to this critical river crossing. A development within the SDL-N will result in commuters adding congestion to the rural road network. A sustainable and deliverable transport infrastructure solution has not been proposed. W&FPC considers this to be fundamentally the wrong approach.

Homes should be built close to the areas of significant employment and transport infrastructure. The proposal for housing inside the South Bristol Link (SBL) is considerably more sustainable than the developments proposed by the JSP, as the basis for road, cycling and MetroBus networks is already in place.

Nailsea Town Council’s (NTC) Vision, as an alternative to the SDL-N,to expand radially and construct a link road on the land to the north and east of Nailsea in Valley of the Land Yeo (VLY) is strongly opposed by W&F PC. Development and new roads in this area are significantly constrained by flood zones and surface water and will have a detrimental impact on ecology, wildlife and archaeology. W&F PC’s views on local Green Belt amendments are addressed under the response to Q5.

Homes should be built close to the areas of significant employment and transport infrastructure.