Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 21335169//1
Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Nailsea Q25. Do you have any comments on the concept diagrams and alternative scenarios set out? View all on this section
Respondent Heather Holbrook View all by this respondent
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

As a life-long resident of North Somerset, I am writing to you to my express my views with regards to Local Plan 2036 and the proposed future development of the Nailsea region in accordance to the Government’s commitment to provide much needed, affordable housing throughout the UK.

North Somerset Council’s proposal to develop in the South of Nailsea, to me, makes complete sense on the basis of it’s proximity to Nailsea and Backwell station (as the vast majority of residents will be commuting into Bristol, daily, for work) and, of course, Bristol Airport.

I fully support this plan but have concerns that there has been opposition from Nailsea Town Council who are asking for the North side of Nailsea to be the area for the development instead. This would mean that the precious and vital Green Belt would be built on and, in my opinion (and that of all of my friends and family in North Somerset, Bristol and the surrounding areas..) would only be the ‘thin edge of the wedge’.

There is major concern that if this should happen then, over time, developers will continue to be given permission to build on ‘good’ Green Belt (such as this one) which provides essential, natural habitat for wildlife as well as supporting the health and well-being of local residents, walkers and ramblers.

I appreciate the time you have taken to read this email and sincerely hope you take my opposition to this proposed, alternative plan, and everyone else who has expressed similar concerns, extremely seriously.

I look forward to hearing that the original plan to build away from the Green Belt is the one that North Somerset Council will approve.

Summary
Development south of Nailsea makes sense - close to station and Bristol Airport. Concerned at Nailsea Town Council counter-proposal north of Nailsea. Precious and vital Green Belt would be built on and would only be the ‘thin edge of the wedge’, with, over time, developers being permitted to build on ‘good’ Green Belt (such as this one) which provides essential, natural habitat for wildlife as well as supporting the health and well-being of local residents, walkers and ramblers.
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