Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Submitted Sites Submitted sites [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 16686977//4
Respondent Nigel Bennett (Magenta) [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 19 Dec 2018
Comment

Regarding the options for adjusting settlement boundaries, option 1 to adjust boundaries to include new allocations and retain current policy which allows sites to come forward adjacent to a boundary is favoured, as the more pragmatic and flexible solution of the two.

As referred to earlier however, the review should also take the opportunity of considering the extent and appropriateness of the washed over settlements (infill villages) within the Green Belt. This should include an assessment of the contribution of these settlements to Green Belt openness, noting the Government’s advice at paragraph 140 of the NPPF, which states:-

‘If it is necessary to prevent development in a village primarily because of the important contribution which the open character of the village makes to the openness of the Green Belt, the village should be included in the Green Belt. If, however, the character of the village needs to be protected for other reasons, other means should be used, such as conservation areas or normal development management policies, and the village should be excluded from the Green Belt ’.

In respect of Cleeve, we would be interested in reviewing your assessment at the appropriate time, as we are not convinced that its inclusion within the Green Belt is justified on grounds of its ‘open character’. As such, there may be scope to simply inset the village but with its boundaries extended as promoted to include the site at No3 Main Road.

Summary
In respect of Cleeve, we would be interested in reviewing your assessment at the appropriate time, as we are not convinced that its inclusion within the Green Belt is justified on grounds of its ‘open character’. As such, there may be scope to simply inset the village but with its boundaries extended as promoted to include the site at No3 Main Road.
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