Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q1. 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 21491265//1
Respondent Moor Park (North Somerset) Ltd (MP) [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Tom Rocke
Response Date 10 Dec 2018

A key issue for Weston-super-Mare is the imperative to review the Strategic Gaps (SGs) that tightly constrain the growth of the town, and which therefore potentially conflict with it fulfilling its role in the settlement hierarchy/strategy, and therefore the effectiveness of the latter. Given that Weston-super-Mare is the largest and most sustainable settlement in the district, the constraints that the SGs impose on the town’s ability to perform its strategic role are potentially fatal to the sustainable development strategy of the plan unless that conflict is resolved. As will be elucidated in the representations below, it was alluded to by Inspector Burden in her report on the Examination of the Site Allocations Plan, but is a key issue on which the current consultation document is silent.

The need to review, and in all probability, discontinue the SG policy, is therefore a very live issue that has been foreshadowed in the recent deliberations of an Examination Inspector, and is therefore one that is potentially fatal to the new Local Plan if it is not addressed. In the representations that follow, the imperative for review of the SG policy is substantiated.

Review of the Strategic Gap is an imperative