Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 21501569//4
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 Mr C Booy View all by this respondent
Agent kevinhun
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

The policy approach taken to date supports the development of previously developed land in the countryside for economic purposes (as demonstrated on the site a north west of Portbury), but does not have an approach set out for other uses. The principal acceptability of employment sites is expected to remain and as explained above, an element of employment use could take place on the site.

The consultation document questions whether this approach should be extended to include residential development on sites adjacent to settlements, where other uses have been ruled out, and where new housing could be sustainable within the surrounding area. We agree with this approach in that it represents a step towards acknowledging that blanket green belt designations are preventing the ability to provide much needed housing development within sustainable locations. It is appreciated that the site is only part developed, however we consider this question to be of relevance to the site.

By virtue of the information set out above, the site represents a prime opportunity for residential development given that it would essentially complete an existing village in a sustainable location. As previously explained, the site would also not set a precedent for further expansion, given the strong boundary treatment already apparent.

Summary
We agree with extending approach of allowing development of previously developed land in the countryside to include residential development on sites adjacent to settlements, where other uses have been ruled out, and where new housing could be sustainable within the surrounding area.
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