Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Employment Q33. Do you agree that the delivery of employment and employment premises remain important to Weston-super-Mare? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 4417537//9
Respondent Local Access Forum [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 08 Jan 2019

The document rightly points out that there are pockets of employment right out in the countryside. We mentioned above the fact that horse riding employs large numbers of people across the district, and the number of cycling establishments is also on the increase.  We estimate the horse population at approximately 5,500; at around £2,000 to keep a horse, this means that some £11m a year goes into the local economy (and probably rather more).  This activity routinely employs large numbers of people.  Unfortunately, because horses are generally no longer considered as 'transport', they simply get forgotten by planners; NSC needs to acknowledge and plan for the considerable contribution that horse owners make to the local economy and particularly the rural economy.  Similarly, cycling is a growing activity that needs to be actively encouraged and could potentially employ more people.

Large pockets of employment in the countryside - horse riding generates significant income for the local economy, but is generally no longer considered.