Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 21465793//1
Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Mendip Spring garden Village Q15. Do you have any comments on the proposed vision for Mendip Spring Garden Village? [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Jillymay [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Jan 2019

My overriding comment is that this Local Plan consultation appears to assume that the proposals in the JSP, again with specific reference to the Churchill SDL, have been approved.  Since the JSP has yet to be scrutinised by Inspectors, this Local Plan is misleading and confusing for lay members of the public.  There are various serious issues in the JSP that need to be addressed, again with specific reference to Churchill. 

  • I find the ‘vision’ for MSGV to be deeply flawed with limited regard for the sustainability of such a location.  It is entirely dependent on the construction of roads to support its development, at significant cost to taxpayers and all the attendant environmental impacts from pollution and habitat destruction, not to mention the permanent destruction of a unique and beautiful landscape.
  • It seems to be highly unlikely that the number of houses proposed can be developed within the area indicated – surely a density development and clearly not resembling a ‘Garden Village’
  • The proposal adds a minimum of 5000 additional cars onto existing and already strained road networks, primarily M5 and A38, since the vast majority of residents in this location will inevitably only find work in Bristol.  There is NO public transport facility now and it is very unlikely to be cost effective in the future. 
  • Houses should be built near to the jobs in Bristol. MSGV is 15 miles from Bristol (the main source of employment) and 8 miles from Weston Super Mare – neither distance would enable people to cycle to work.
  • It is the least economically viable of all the SDLs in the JSP (BNP Paribas finding).
Local plan consultation assumes that JSP - Mendip Spring SDL has been approved.