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 21579777//7
Respondent Taylor Wimpey [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Savills
Response Date 12 Dec 2018
Comment

Q33. to Q37. Employment-led Strategy at Weston-super-Mare

The response to these questions should be read in conjunction with our response to the Employment Land Review at Section 3 of these representations.

The emerging Local Plan offers an opportunity to consider the approach to employment development afresh, particularly given that the existing strategy, has not been deemed a success. Yet, from the contents of the draft JSP, this consultation document and the accompanying Employment Land Review, it appears that the Local Plan is leaning toward the status quo, and not giving adequate consideration to locations where there is demonstrable market demand and good transport links.

Indeed, this view is consistent with comments from Marcus Hewlett, Principal Planning Officer at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce Planning and Transport Meeting in October 2018, where, during a presentation on the consultation document, he stated that no significant change in the approach to the employment strategy was envisaged by NSC.

Summary
The response to these questions should be read in conjunction with our response to the Employment Land Review at Section 3 of these representations.The emerging Local Plan offers an opportunity to consider the approach to employment development afresh, particularly given that the existing strategy, has not been deemed a success. Yet it appears that the Local Plan is leaning toward the status quo, and not giving adequate consideration to locations where there is demonstrable market demand.
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