Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft

Comment ID 706241//6
Document Section Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft Dwellings in the Countryside DM48 View all on this section
Respondent Nailsea Town Council View all by this respondent
Response Date 16 Apr 2013

 The principle of maintaining a strategic gap between Nailsea and Backwell has always been supported by the planning authority and the Town Council remains convinced that this should be achieved through a Green Belt designation. This piece of land, to the south of the town and vital in maintaining the physical separation of Nailsea and Backwell, has been under development pressure for more than 25 years. The Town Council thinks that the designation of this area as a Strategic Gap is inadequate in protecting the area from inappropriate development.

The Town Council has a policy that the area between Nailsea and Backwell should be protected by Green Belt as it meets all the criteria for such a designation. However, irrespective of its designation the area proposed as a ‘Strategic Gap’ should incorporate all the land as follows:


Bucklands End, southern side of The Perrings, the Bridleway from the junction of The Perrings and Youngwood Lane and across Morgan’s Hill (footpath N4).

South: the railway line.

East:  Station Road (the current boundary of the green belt).

West: Netherton Wood Lane/Chelvey Road

Any change to the settlement boundary can only be considered if the Strategic Gap between Nailsea and Backwell is in place (preferably as Green Belt). The Town Council is concerned that without adequate protection, a decision to support residential development in another area outside the settlement boundary will make this area vulnerable to development.