Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Introduction How the housing requirement will be met: [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21527649//2
Respondent Walsingham Planning [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018

LVA consider that the Introduction chapter should acknowledge the current policy context for North Somerset, which is not fully expressed. The Core Strategy was originally adopted in April 2012 but following a successful legal challenge polices were remitted to the Secretary of State for further examination. Whilst the remitted polices were eventually found sound and Adopted in January 2017, Policy CS13 committed to a review of the amount of new homes required in the area by no later than 2018.

The above policy context is an important factor in shaping the new local plan and should be properly highlighted. The Introduction chapter of the Consultation Document simply suggests (at page 3) that existing plans within the WoE authority area are required to be reviewed and updated alongside the JSP. However, there is no acknowledgement that the review is overdue.

Page 4 suggests that the starting point for the Local Plan 2036 is the proposed district apportionment from the JSP, although this has yet to be tested at examination. The JSP has been in preparation since 2015. The examination has now been delayed until at least May 2019 and there is no certainty as to when the plan will be adopted.

LVA consider that if the Local Plan 2036 is to be informed by the JSP it should acknowledge that the document will need to change to reflect any consequential changes to the JSP and specifically the overall housing and employment requirement for North Somerset.

In general, it is not clear what the evidence base is that has informed the issues and options outlined in the Consultation Document. For example, whilst the Consultation Document suggests it is directly informed by the JSP, NS Council has not identified the relevant evidence, which supports the proposed need for 25,000 homes to 2036. Whilst it is understood that this may have been prepared for the JSP, for clarity it should be made clear which documents from the JSP evidence base are being relied upon.

According to Page 7 the Consultation Document has been informed by the ‘Generating Ideas’ consultation held in November 2017. It would be useful if the Council could provide a summary of comments received including how the issues and options outlined in the Consultation Document respond to issues raised.


Introduction should acknowledge the current policy context