Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 21472033//6
Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Banwell Garden Village Q11. Do you agree with the principles set out for Banwell Garden Village and would you suggest any changes to these? We consider that establishing the principles is a fundamental step towards developing the detail for development in these areas. [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Dave Akam - David Lock Associates [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018

HLM are strongly opposed to the principle of strategic scale development at Banwell and Churchill. An interrogation of the available land parcels in the SHLAA reveals a lack of comprehensive land holdings when compared to the comprehensive development areas proposed by the concept diagrams. Additionally, the WoeJSP states that development here cannot come forward until the construction of the Banwell Bypass, a route which as yet is not confirmed, costed nor programmed. This significant infrastructure required to unlock any development of scale at Banwell and Churchill could undermine the delivery of new garden communities within the plan period. The land is also proximate to the Mendip Hills AONB, to which HLM consider has not been afforded sufficient weight, as set out in our response to Q7. Delivering effective landscape mitigation at such close proximity to the AONB could reduce development potential and undermine the delivery and viability of the schemes.
Alternatively, the Land East of Clevedon is well placed to deliver growth at scale that is aligned with strategic yet less strenuous infrastructure improvements serving other strategic development locations at Nailsea and Backwell, would be in line with the settlement hierarchy, and would negatively impact upon the AONB. In addition, the land is controlled and being promoted as a whole by HLM and is therefore deliverable, unlike the complex land ownership structures at Banwell and Churchill.

HLM are strongly opposed to the principle of strategic scale development at Banwell and Churchill.