Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft

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The consultation is now closed. To view the responses please click on the relevant draft policy listed below. This will take you to the section of the document which contains the draft policy and the submitted comments.  

Development Management Policies 

SP 1



Presumption in favour of sustainable development


Living within Environmental limits 

DM 1

Flooding and drainage


DM 2

Renewable and low carbon energy


DM 3

Heritage assets



Conservation areas


DM 5

Listed Buildings


DM 6

Historic Parks and Gardens


DM 7



DM 8

Non-designated heritage assets


DM 9

Nature conservation


DM 10



DM 11



DM 12

Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


DM 13

Development within the Green Belt


DM 14

Duration of planning consent for disposal of waste to land


DM 15

Minerals exploration, extraction and processing


DM 16

Control of non-mineral development likely to affect active minerals sites or sites recently granted consent for mineral working


DM 17

Allocation of land at the Spinney, south of Stancombe Quarry, as a preferred area for minerals working



Identification of minerals safeguarding areas for carboniferous limestone



Green Infrastructure



DM 20

Major highway schemes


DM 21

Motorway junctions


DM 22

Existing and proposed railway lines


DM 23

Bus interchanges and park and ride facilities at existing railway stations


DM 24

Safety, traffic and provision of infrastructure, etc. associated with development


DM 25

Public rights of way, pedestrain and cycle access


DM 26

 Travel plans


DM 27

Bus accessibility criteria


DM 28

Parking standards


DM 29

Car parks


DM 30

Off-airport car parking


Delivering strong and inclusive communities

DM 31

High quality design and place making


DM 32

Inclusive access to non-residential buildings and spaces


DM 33

Settlement boundaries


DM 34

Housing allocations


DM 35

 Housing type and mix


DM 36

Residential densities


DM 37

Residential development within settlement boundaries in existing residential areas and on garden land


DM 38

Extension to dwellings


DM 39

Conversions and subdivisions to residential use outside the Areas of Restricted Subdivision


Older and vulnerable people

DM 40

Retirement accommodation and supported independent living for older and vulnerable people


DM 41

Nursing and care homes for older people and other vulnerable people


DM 42

Lifetimes homes  

DM 43

Residential annexes


DM 44

Gypsies and Travellers


Dwellings in the countryside

DM 45

Replacement dwellings in the countryside


DM 46

The conversion of rural buildings to residential use


DM 47

Rural workers dwellings


DM 48

Strategic gaps


Delivering a prosperous economy

DM 49

Proposals for economic development within towns and defined settlements


DM 50

Allocated and safeguarded B1, B2 and B8 use class sites


DM 51

Allocated mixed use sites


DM 52

Safeguarded existing employment sites for economic use


DM 53

Royal Portbury Dock


DM 54

Bristol Airport



DM 55

Agriculture and land-based rural business development in the countryside


DM 56

Local food production/community orchards/allotments


DM 57

Equestrian development


Businesses in the countryside

DM 58

New business development in the countryside


DM 59

The redevelopment of redundant previously developed sites in the countryside for business uses (B1, B2, B8 and non-residential institutions (D1) and assembly and leisure (D2). 


DM 60

Extensions, ancillary buildings or the intensification of use for existing businesses located in the countryside


DM 61

CDConversion and reuse of redundant rural buildings for business use (B1, B2 and B8) and non-residential institutions (D1) and assembly and leisure (D2) 


DM 62

Conversion and reuse of redundant rural buildings for tourist accommodation


DM 63

Camping and caravan sites


Retailing, town, district and local centres

DM 64

Town, district and local centres


DM 65

Retail development outside defined centres


DM 66

Primary shopping frontages


DM 67

Retailing within defined town, district and local centres but outside primary shopping frontages


DM 68

Upper floor uses


DM 69

Garden centres and shops in the countryside


DM 70

Air safety


Ensuring safe and healthy communities

DM 71

Protection of sporting, cultural and community provision


DM 72

Location of sporting, cultural and community facilities


DM 73

Local Green Space


DM 74

Undesignated green space



DM 75

Development contributions, Community Infrastructure Levy and viability


Place-making policies



Weston town centre



Night-time economy






Gateway area



Weston out-of-town retail area



A370 corridor into Weston-super-Mare


Major development sites in Weston-super-Mare


Dolphin Square



Victoria Square



St James Street


WSM 10

Lower High Street East


WSM 11

Walliscote area


WSM 12

Birnbeck Pier and environs


WSM 13

Sunnyside Road site


WSM 14

Rugby Club site


WSM 15

Tesco site


WSM 16

Locking Road car park


WSM 17

South of Herluin Way (Avoncrest site)


WSM 18

Gas Works



WSM 19

Employment-led regeneration at Weston Villages


WSM 20

Employment-led regeneration within the Weston urban area excluding the proposed Weston Villages


WSM 21

Junction 21 Enterprise Area


Other sites 

WSM 22

Area of restricted subdivision


WSM 23

Bournville community area


WSM 24

Allocation of land for residential waste treatment, Warne Road


WSM 25

Allocation of land for waste treatment facilities, Aisecombe Way, Weston


WSM 26

Park and ride provision at Weston-super-Mare


Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead

CD 1

The Triangle, Clevedon town centre


CD 2

Hill Road/Alexander Road district centre, Clevedon


NA 1

Nailsea town centre


NA 2

North-West Nailsea


NA 3

Trendlewood Way, Nailsea


PH 1

Portishead town centre


PH 2

Old Mill Road, Portishead


PH 3

PProposed railway stations and transport infrastructure for the Portishead to Bristol railway line


Service and Infill Villages 

Y 1

Yatton station, Yatton


W 1

Woodborough Farm, Winscombe


BL 1

Bleadon Quarry, Bleadon



Appendix: Schedules 


Proposed sites for residential development (Policy DM34)



Sites for employment development (Policy DM50)



Proposed sites for mixed use development (DM51)



Proposed sites for community facilities (Policy DM72)



Proposed Local Green Space (Policy DM73)



Proposed strategic cycle routes (Policy DM25)



Town, district and local centres and primary shopping frontages (Policies DM64 & DM66)



North Somerset Council is consulting on the proposed set of detailed planning policies to guide sustainable development within the district to 2026.

Each local planning authority is required to prepare a local plan for its area. In North Somerset's case this will comprise two principal documents - the Core Strategy (2012) which sets out the higher level strategic policies and detailed guidance which will be contained in the emerging Sites and Policies Plan (or Development Plan Document to give it its formal title). The Sites and Policies Plan must be consistent with the policies of the Core Strategy as well as the government's National Planning Policy Framework (2012). Separate documents known as Supplementary Planning Documents will also be prepared, where necessary, to provide additional guidance for specific policies and explain how they will be implemented.

Once adopted, the Sites and Policies Plan will supersede the remaining saved policies of the Replacement Local Plan, the Waste Local Plan and the Mineral Working in Avon Local Plan.


This Consultation Draft Sites and Policies Plan is the first step in a plan-making process which will, in consultation with the local community, identify the new policy framework against which future development proposals will be assessed.

Sites and Policies Plan: Plan preparation




Plan Preparation



February - April 2013

Six week consultation on this Consultation Draft.

Spring - Summer 2013

Assessment of responses; preparation of revised document.

Autumn 2013

Approval of Publication Version; public consultation on 'soundness' prior to submission.




Early 2014

Submission to government.

Spring 2014

Examination conducted by independent Inspector including hearings.

Mid 2014

Inspector's report issued.


Summer 2014

Formal adoption by the council.

Composition of the document

As the name suggests, the draft plan covers two broad areas:

Sites - policies allocating sites for specific uses, or defining areas within which a particular policy approach will be taken. These are given a suffix related to the area to which they relate (eg WSM for Weston-super-Mare or BL for Bleadon).

Policies - generic guidance in respect of how different types of development or issues will be treated. These are given the suffix DM for development management. The exception is the first policy which is based on a national Planning Inspectorate model policy and is numbered SP1 (for Sites and Policies). It is intended that all policies will be given a SP prefix at submission stage.

Where appropriate, the proposals are defined on the Proposals Map:

Proposals Map - the map of the district defining the detailed boundaries of the proposed allocations or areas where specific policies will apply. This can be viewed electronically at and allows users to zoom in to see more detail.

Some of the site allocations or policies have been rolled forward from existing documents, notably the Replacement Local Plan with little alteration. Others are new. Some have been subject to previous consultation, for example, some of the Weston policies were consulted upon as part of the Weston Town Centre Area Action Plan, while for others, this is the first round of consultation.

This consultation document seeks your views on all the Council's draft policies. At this stage you may comment on the approach being put forward, suggest alternative options, or raise issues that you feel warrant a policy approach which is not included.

Format of the policies

Each of the policies, or set of related policies, is preceded by a box which summarises the context. As well as setting out the title and policy number, this identifies the relevant Core Strategy policies as well as other extant development plan policies.

The main section of the box identifies the policy intentions. This is a summary of what the policy is seeking to achieve. It provides a useful check in relation to what the overall intent is, and whether the proposed approach is likely to be effective.

Later versions of the plan will include a reasoned justification to follow each policy or set of related policies.