Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q5. 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 21466817//2
Respondent P Chedgy [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Jan 2019

As I understand it, some 40% of the land in North Somerset is in the GB and, if not adjusted, the GB will operate seriously to restrict the expansion of Bristol.  That the GB is not sacrosanct is illustrated by a number of necessary incursions, namely the Airport and the new South Bristol Link Road, to name but two, and all adjacent local authorities, including NSC, have acquiesced in this and/or have proposals for development on GB land. 

As I also understand it, notwithstanding that:

  1. only about 2% of NSC’s GB would be required to build 4,500 houses (and could be swapped for other land which could be converted to GB);
  2. such houses would be much closer – i.e. by at least 10 -12 miles - to Bristol which would be the main source of employment for their inhabitants; and
  3. this would significantly reduce car commuter use and so the adverse effect on both transport infrastructure and pollution 

NSC is nevertheless seeking to commit to the leap-frogging of the GB and the creation of a substantial dormitory town on green field land that will both “suburbanise” a large area of agricultural land and run a serious risk of infilling the countryside presently forming important separations between small hamlets and villages but having no guarantee or, I would claim, likelihood of providing the infrastructure, including many amenities, that would be necessary to establish social cohesion and thus make it a desirable place in which to live.

A Green Belt review is required.