Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 20338913//39
Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q49. Do you have any views on our intended approach to development on previously developed land in the countryside? What type of sites may be suitable for residential redevelopment? View all on this section
Respondent Aston View all by this respondent
Response Date 11 Jan 2019
Comment

As the promoter of a land parcel (SHLAA Ref: HE18124) adjacent to the settlement boundary in agricultural use with part a former Nursery business, we are particularly familiar with this matter.

The land is agricultural and part (50% approx.) formerly supported a horticultural nursery and a local shop/garage. The land parcel promoted is adjacent to the settlement boundary and within Green Belt although historically (pre 1972) 50% was outside the GB.

Each case should be considered on its merits and evidence supplied by land promoters (and independently tested). To simple deny any development will lead to stagnation and harm rural vitality. Local Plan Policy needs to be flexible enough to review such cases and find beneficial uses including the provision of much needed housing.

We supply detailed evidence in Appendix A in support of the case for residential development beneath the 15m contour on the land at Black Rock. GPDO rights have supplied prior approval for buildings of far less substance and age than the former stable at this site. The effect of refusing consent for residential conversion in 1990 has been to discourage any investment and leave a site unattractive and a building with no purpose when starter housing and start-up businesses require affordable small units.

We therefore consider that policy should consider each case on its merits but yes residential use of brownfield land should remain an option in appropriate locations. Any site close to the larger settlement boundaries needs to be carefully reviewed whether within GB or not as these are clearly more sustainable locations than a garden village.

Summary
Each case should be considered on its merits and evidence supplied by land promoters. Propose site at Black Rock, Portishead - part of the site is a former nursery business. Any site closer to the larger settlement boundaries needs to be carefully reviewed whether or not it is Green Belt.
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