Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 17440577//4
Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Urban Living Q27. What are your views on the proposed options for increasing urban living? [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Highways England [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Jan 2019
Comment

Urban Living

Section 5 of the I&OD considers Urban Living. This concept was introduced in the JSP, and is described further in Section 5. At present, there is a focus on ensuring an appropriate density of development in town centres and transport hubs, particularly in Weston-super-Mare town centre and along the A370 corridor, to maximise self-containment. Highways England supports the principles of Urban Living. The JSP evidence base (November 2018) describes the methodology used to assess the trip generation from Urban Living and concludes that the trip generation is about half that expected from the SDLs ,(although a number of assumptions in the assessment remain unclear). The JSP evidence base (November 2018) sets out the characteristics of urban living locations (higher housing densities (including flats), constraints on private vehicle use (parking provision and ease of travel by car) and better access to public transport), to justify the lower trip generation from the Urban Living allocations. It is therefore anticipated that these characteristics will be brought into policy through reduced car-parking standards and any intended covenants placed on properties to manage car ownership. We note that the Urban Living allocation area for Weston-super-Mare covers the existing urban area, including the Worle area, which is located close to M5 Junction 21. It is assumed that the policies applied to development covered by the Urban Living allocation will be universal, not matter where the development is located in the Page 7 of 8 allocation area. If this is not the case, the assessment of impact undertaken to identify the JSP mitigation, which follows through to this Plan, may not be sufficient to accommodate the trip generation from the allocation.

Summary
Supports the concept, but JSP mitigation may not be sufficient to accommodate trip generation from the allocation.
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