Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 21579777//6
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 Taylor Wimpey [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Savills
Response Date 12 Dec 2018
Comment

Q27. Urban Living

1.23. The response to this question should be read in conjunction with our response to the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment at Section 2 of these representations.

1.24. The term ‘Urban Living’ is also drawn from the emerging JSP, and in principle we have no objection to the concept of higher density development on previously developed land in accessible and sustainable urban locations.

1.25. We do, however, have a concern regarding the extent of reliance on ‘Urban Living’ in Weston-super-Mare as a source of housing supply and the evidence to back this up. Page 63 of the consultation document identifies the potential for 1,012 dwellings from Urban Living with a potential further 1,500 via “intervention”.

1.26. Firstly, despite quoting the figure of 1,012, there is absolutely no evidence of how these figures have been arrived at (ie a list of sites), nor is there any explanation of what “intervention” constitutes. This prevents any scrutiny from interested parties and renders this element of this consultation futile.

1.27. Secondly, and as discussed again below in Section 2, there is also a separate allowance for windfall sites, which could be construed as double counting, particularly given the lack of evidence.

Summary
Concern regarding the extent of reliance on ‘Urban Living’ in Weston-super-Mare as a source of housing supply and the evidence to back this up.
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