Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q4. 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 21222945//1
Respondent B Bateman [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Jan 2019

Waitrose has an existing foodstore in Harbour Road, Portishead which plays an important role in supporting the health of the town centre. Ensuring the long term vitality of Portishead town centre by providing a positive strategy for its future should be one of the key issues for the new Local Plan. Under the current Local Plan, the Waitrose store falls within the defined town centre boundary but the site is not designated as part of the defined Primary Shopping Area. The adjoining Old Mill Road site is allocated for redevelopment in the adopted Local Plan and there is an outline planning application currently pending determination for redevelopment of the site to provide a mix of town centre uses. The new Local Plan and Town Vision provide an opportunity to review the role and focus of the town centre and the Primary Shopping Area in light of proposals on the Old Mill Road site and other more general changes in the retail and leisure sectors, to ensure that Portishead town centre benefits from a positive, flexible approach to its future management and protection. The role of the Waitrose store as an important anchor to the town centre should be recognised in any future town centre strategy.


Providing a positive strategy for future vitality of Portishead Town centre should be key issue for Local Plan.