Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Employment Q36. What role do you think that residential developers should play in helping to deliver employment? Should the specific link between housing and employment be maintained. [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21472033//9
Respondent Dave Akam - David Lock Associates [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

The link between housing (social) and employment (an economic objective) is enshrined within the NPPF, which notes that these are two of the three interdependent strands of sustainable development. In line with this, HLM consider it essential to deliver houses that are linked to jobs and vice versa. As such, the policy link between housing and employment at Weston Super-Mare should be retained, and this principle should be extended to the Tier 2 settlements also.
The Land East of Clevedon provides a unique opportunity to deliver strategic-scale new housing development with strategic-scale employment development, in a location that is proximal to the strategic highway network, and stands to benefit from (and can help deliver) pipeline infrastructure improvements which will better connect the site with other strategic housing sites and other strategic employment hubs such as Royal Portbury Docks and the Bristol Airport expansion. The land has the capacity and flexibility to bring forward employment in the short term. Whilst as a potential SDL it will be planned comprehensively, short term employment provision could come forward as a potential Phase 1.
Regarding the current policy requirement for 1.5 jobs per home, we note that this policy has been applied specifically to delivery of development at Weston Villages, and has therefore been supported by a robust evidence base that provides confidence in the delivery of this policy objective without undermining delivery or viability of the development at Weston Villages. However, we assume that the circumstances which supported such an approach were driven by site/ location specific factors, and that NSC do not propose to apply this across all strategic sites. Such an approach would not be considered effective.

Summary
The link between housing (social) and employment (an economic objective) is enshrined within the NPPF, which notes that these are two of the three interdependent strands of sustainable development. In line with this, HLM consider it essential to deliver houses that are linked to jobs and vice versa. As such, the policy link between housing and employment at Weston Super-Mare should be retained, and this principle should be extended to the Tier 2 settlements also.
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