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 21255617//4
Respondent Mr and Mrs Dobson [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018

The plan states ‘27. However, significant growth in this location will require the delivery of improved public transport access from Bristol and Weston-super-Mare’. Provision of public transport is a key aspect in many elements of the plan and will have a major impact on effective delivery. In Bleadon the local bus provision has now reduced to a very limited level of service, and is probably a reflection of the general provision across the area. A commitment to an integrated service across the area is appreciated but is it realistic?

Developments in Information Technology and the provision of broadband and VPN connections to company systems have led to people being able to work from home and have also reduced the need to travel to meetings. Opportunities to share office space and rent on a short-term basis are also available. Such ‘smart working’ opportunities do not seem to have a high profile in the plan, but could possibly lead to a reduction in the need for Employment Land, and improve the soundness of the plan.

Modifications suggested

  • Make stronger commitment to ring-fenced finance for the provision of an integrated transport system and ensure that it encompasses all communities.
  • Recognise the benefits of new technologies, smart working and innovative techniques to reduce the need for Employment Land.
A commitment to an integrated public transport provision is required to encompass all communities whilst recognising role of new technologies, smart working to reduce the need for employment land.