Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Backwell Q20. Do you agree with the principles set out for Backwell and would you suggest any changes to these? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 18214913//1
Respondent S roberts [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 09 Dec 2018
Comment

I have read nothing new in the local plan, this consultation is giving me NO confidence that NSC are listening to local people in Backwell and surrounding areas. How can the local people put it any clearer, the proposed development will only turn Backwell into a massive car park and transport hub for people needing to commute to Bristol or Weston for their work commitments and only those people will benefit from any such proposal and at what expense? I avoid Nailsea now because of the parking there is often no where to park, the facilities are not able cope now yet alone allowing more housing estates to develop in Backwell and Nailsea. 

No one at NSC appear to be listening to local feelings despite all of the negative but relative objections made and are continuing to be made about these plans and proposals. It is very unpopular  with the majority of residents. Last year the local Backwell residents were put into a spin at a very inconvenient time and we are now put into this position again having to put forward and reiterate comments, despite that NSC have exposed themselves to be incompetent PROCEEDING FORWARD REGARDLESS! 

I feel you are hoping that residents will become fed up and miss these deadlines and ignore emails so that you can fudge the figures and manipulate the outcome.

I can only reiterate some of the main points I have previously made so in summary and in no order of importance please see below:-

  1. The 700 houses planned to be built on Grove Farm will increase a small respected and cherished village by 40%. It does NOT reflect the agreed expansion under the Neighbourhood Plan (which was given a seal of approval by the Government) and will destroy the village feel.
  2. The loss of arable agricultural land will only result in the destruction of valuable food producing services. Land which supports many species of endangered wildlife including the Greater Horseshoe Bat which has a well established colony at Brockley Hall Stables. The JSP proposal for mitigating this issue does NOT comply with relevant habitat regulations! 
  3. To reduce additional traffic congestion that would be created by such a development would require massive new infrastructure i.e. roads, drainage, bridges across flood plains, plus expanding GP surgeries and schools – the JSP does NOT explain how this would be achieved, I can see no plans for flood prevention, damage to greenbelt and destruction of nature conservation especially around Backwell lake and surrounding villages of Brockley and Chelvey.
  4. Where are the long term job prospects in this area?

I am therefore interested in knowing the answers to the above and also the points below-

  1. Why are NSC jumping the gun before this plan has been reviewed by Government Inspectors?
  2. Who will be responsible for monitoring the Governments dictate ensuring any house building company will comply with the 35% affordable housing requirements, should the green light be given? We cannot trust or rely on any house building company to honour this? they are only interested in financial gains for their shareholders and big bonuses for their Board and CEO – look at Jeff Fairbanks of Persimmon who ironically made his big fat bonus on the back of the Governments Help to Buy Scheme, a crime in itself! 
  3. Why won’t NSC reconsider the Vale – yes it’s greenbelt BUT has already been compromised by a £220m+spend on a new metro bus route via the new South Bristol link road.  This is where the main employment is and seems crazy to build so far away from this point with no one bothering to explain how this massive expense would be funded?

I along with many residents understand there is a need to build additional housing but these must be built in the right location so please therefore ensure my concerns are documented and my concerns taken into consideration.

Summary
The 700 houses planned to be built on Grove Farm will increase a small respected and cherished village by 40%. It does NOT reflect the agreed expansion under the Neighbourhood Plan (which was given a seal of approval by the Government) and will destroy the village feel. The loss of arable agricultural land will only result in the destruction of valuable food producing services. Land which supports many species of endangered wildlife including the Greater Horseshoe Bat.
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