Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 7800929//7
Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Nailsea Q24. Do you agree with the principles set out for Nailsea and would you suggest any changes to these? View all on this section
Respondent Wraxall and Failand Parish Council View all by this respondent
Response Date 04 Jan 2019
Comment

W&F PC recommends the protection of the recreational green space north of the Elms and sensitive landscape of the VLY to set a clear distinction between town and countryside. The land is often flooded and land to the north of the Elms estate and south of the Land Yeo already incorporates a water storage area.

NTC’s Vision to expand radially and construct a link road in the VLY is strongly opposed by W&F PC. Development and new roads in this area are significantly constrained by flood zones and surface water. Development in this area will have a detrimental impact on ecology, wildlife and archaeology. W&F PC’s views on local Green Belt amendments are addressed under the response to Q5.

It is considered that NTC’s Vision for the VLY would be no more of a job creator than that anticipated in the SDL-N. NTC states in its response to the Issues and Options Document that development to the north (i.e. in the VLY) will open up the existing commercial sites/employment sites for further development and lead to the creation of jobs, which no other proposed scenario achieves. WFPC strongly disagree with this as the JSP proposes 10.5 ha of employment land as part of the SDL-N, as opposed to approximately 2 ha anticipated by NTC’s Vision.

Part of NTC’s Vision for development on the VLY is that commuting traffic should be funnelled to the B3128, in order to avoid the B3130 and A370, for access to in and around Bristol. Whilst this may seek to limit congestion on those roads it merely moves the problem to the village of Failand and then ultimately on to either the A370 or the B3129 and potentially Clifton Suspension Bridge.

The number of houses that could be developed on the VLY as part of NTC’s Vision would not be sufficient to meet the housing numbers proposed by the JSP.

It is considered naive to assume that people living in any development on the VLY as proposed by NTC’s Vision would not drive to access shops within and beyond Nailsea. Despite its proximity to Nailsea town centre it is still too far for people to walk with bags of the weekly shop and so shoppers would still get in their cars. It is considered that Nailsea town centre has very little scope to accommodate a further demand on its limited parking facilities

 

Summary
Recommend the protection of the recreational green space north of the Elms and sensitive landscape of the VLY to set a clear distinction between town and countryside.
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