Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q3. 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 21527649//3
Respondent Walsingham Planning [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

This section focuses on Chapter 2 of the Consultation Document. Overall, LVA consider that the need to build more homes should be identified as the key issue facing North Somerset. In addition, LVA consider that development North of Nailsea should be identified for consideration and that the Local Plan should be supported by a comprehensive Green Belt review.

It is widely acknowledged across the political spectrum that the UK is in the grip of a housing crisis. Nationally, the average house now costs eight times the average income. Whilst the causes of the housing crisis are complex, at the most basic level, as a nation we have not been building enough homes.

At a local level the rate of house building will have to increase substantially if North Somerset is to meet the housing target contained within the emerging JSP, let alone any higher figure that may result from the examination process. At present NS Council is unable to demonstrate a five year housing land supply against the currently adopted Core Strategy housing requirement.

In light of this it is disappointing that the Consultation Document has not highlighted the need to build more homes as the key issue facing the whole of North Somerset that the Local Plan must address.

The Consultation Document identifies seven broad locations within North Somerset as a starting point for identifying the main planning issues affecting different communities. As previously noted, LVA are the prospective developers of land to the North of Nailsea and therefore have an interest in the key issues facing Nailsea and Backwell.

With reference to key issue 1, LVA support the identification of Nailsea in the emerging JSP as a location for strategic growth. Strategic growth at Nailsea is logical due to its relative sustainability and proximity to Bristol. LVA consider

that all opportunities for growth should be fully considered including those within the Green Belt.

LVA agree that the Local Plan should test the scale of development proposed and how it can be effectively assimilated into the communities of Nailsea and Backwell. However, LVA consider that as part of this the Local Plan should also test the location of development proposed.

LVA support the identification of key issue 2 as they have serious concerns regarding the deliverability and impact of the proposed strategic road infrastructure as we will discuss further in following sections.

LVA support the identification of the environmental implications of development on internationally protected habitats and floodplain areas as a key issue. In particular LVA have concerns that the environmental implications of the strategic road infrastructure have not been properly considered. The proposed Nailsea-M5 link road to the west of Nailsea passes through a number of important habitats.

LVA welcome the recognition in key issue 7 that potential strategic growth at SW Nailsea is remote from the town centre. This is just one of the reasons that in LVA’s view the justification for development at SW Nailsea is flawed and cannot be effectively assimilated into the existing community. LVA consider that the Land at North Nailsea is far better located in relation to existing services and facilities.

In terms of how these and the other issues identified can be addressed through the Local Plan, LVA agree that the Local Plan should consider the opportunity for local Green Belt amendments. It should also identify potential allocations to address housing need and support local economic growth. However, LVA consider that given the scale of the opportunity presented by the Land at North Nailsea and the support of the Parish Council, it should be specifically identified as an option for further consideration.

Summary
Consider that need to be more homes should be identified as a key issue. Land North of Nailsea should be identified for consideration.
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