Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q43. Do you have any views on our intended approach to Health Impact Assessments? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21579777//12
Respondent Taylor Wimpey [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Savills
Response Date 12 Dec 2018
Comment

Q43. Health Impact Assessments

1.39. If any policy is to be developed requiring health impact assessments, it should be proportionate to the size of development proposed, ie an HIA should not be required for small planning applications, particularly where the principle of development is already established through an allocation, unless there is demonstrable potential for a significant (negative) health impact.

1.40. Indeed we would urge greater consideration of human health in the selection of the JSPs SDLs. A principal shortcoming of both the proposed Banwell and Churchill SDLs is their remoteness from public transport, services and employment. Active travel and the resultant increase in physical activity is an essential part of improving people’s health and wellbeing, yet both proposed SDLs mentioned above are likely to lead to heavy reliance of the private car as a means of travel, and are unlikely, based on the Council’s own evidence, to be able to provide policy compliant levels of affordable housing; certainly less than can be offered at The Vale.

Summary
If any policy is to be developed requiring health impact assessments, it should be proportionate to the size of development proposed, ie an HIA should not be required for small planning applications, particularly where the principle of development is already established through an allocation, unless there is demonstrable potential for a significant (negative) health impact.
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