Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Local Housing Growth Where will the non-strategic sites be? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 20906145//5
Respondent E Folkes [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment
  1. We are in danger of urban sprawl, creeping urbanisation with the proposals, especially in view of the number of houses already being located in Churchill and Langford.  Settlement boundaries need to be reinforced and protected to keep our villages' own individual identities.

In all honesty the government's current policy of housebuilding has caused many problems.  

I understand that there are some 1.4 million potential plots on brownfield sites according to the CPRE.  There are many empty houses which owners should be forced to let or sell. Just recently in the news were the thousands of MOD houses lying empty, some for 10 years, which tax payers are funding. They will also need completing renovating, paid for by the tax payer, as they have been vandalised and stripped. Surely these would be better placed to be used for housing. 

I am even aware of council tenants that are not occupying the houses that have been let to them, for one reason or another, which could go to those in need of them.  

The policy of excessive housebuilding is not the solution to the housing problem.  Making houses affordable is. I do not believe that houses are selling as well as they could and just looking at Rightmove and other estate agents shows that houses, including the new builds, are being reduced in price.  Potentially we are going to see people in negative equity again before long.

Summary
Settlement boundaries need to be reinforced
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