Backwell gets say in its own future UPDATED

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By Carol_Deacon | Saturday, January 14, 2012, 13:29

Backwell's fight to limit development in the village to less than 100 homes during the next 15 years has been strengthened by the Government Localism Act.

Backwell has been invited to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan which unlike previous plans will have some status in law.

The village is one of just a few nationwide to have chosen as a 'front runner' in the scheme to give local people a bigger say in what gets built and where.

Hundreds of household have received a Backwell Future leaflet which tells of the 'golden opportunity'.

But the neighbourhood plan will still have to fit with North Somerset Council's Core Strategy while identifying key issues and opportunities special to the village.

A Government inspector is currently examining the district council's draft Core Strategy and these findings are expected in February.   

The final strategy is likely to be adopted in April. 

It will help clarify the scale of new housing required in the period 2006-2026.

Bacwell Future steering group chairman Chris Perry said: "We shall look at the need for new development in Backwell.  

"All potential sites in the village will be considered so that the ones most appropriate can be identified. 

"The Backwell Future plan will indicate the scale of any development that is proposed, and the process used to evaluate the suitability of sites will be explained.   

"The draft plan provides the opportunity for the community and other interested parties to feed back their views to the parish council."

The Backwell Community Plan was put together in 2010 and its foreword is written by the late chairman Colin Pope.

It is based on the views and comments of 1.011 Backwell households.

Its key points are: 

  • To advise North Somerset Council that, to meet identified local needs, new development in Backwell should be limited to not more than 100 new dwellings (phased over 10 years) and targeted on small scale low cost housing'
  • To take positive action to safeguard green spaces and particularly those traversed by the Backwell Round of public footpaths;
  • Set up a working group to investigate the feasibility of providing a multi-purpose community centre and improved car parking;
  • Encourage local residents to walk and cycle more;
  • Set up a working group to identify possible solutions to the many interrelated problems affecting Station Road and promote their implementation;
  • Advise North Somerset Council of the need to improve the junctions of Downside Road with the A38 and with Hyatts Wood Road near Bristol International Airport before the start of the airport expansion;
  • Ask North Somerset Council to improve acoustic measures around the  recycling centre; 
  • Continue liaison with the local police to target problems of anti-social behaviour;
  • Encourage Parkwood Leisure to strengthen links with the community, through the village media, to improve marketing and use of the swimming pool;
  • Work with the Trustees of Backwell Playing Fields Charity and Nailsea and Backwell Rotary Club to create a nature trail; and
  • Develop the Parish Council website to include local news and promotion of community organisations and events.
  • To read the plan in full click HERE.
The Station Road, West Leigh, Downside and Moor Lane areas are under-represented on the group and people who live in or near these areas are asked to help by contacting the parish clerk on 01275 464653.

The group has prepared a short (15 minute) presentation on Backwell Future for clubs and organisations in the village.

For further details or to arrange a presentation call parish council chairman Bob Taylor on 01275 462584.

STOP PRESS: Many residents came along to the parish hall on Thursday and Saturday to see the Backwell Neighbourhood Draft Plan for the development of the village from now to 2026. The parish council was very pleased with the positive response to the overall plan and the many comments on the detailed proposals. There are two more chances to see the presentation at Backwell Parish Hall and give your views. This is on Thursday, November 22, from 6-9pm and on Saturday, Novmber 24, 9am-noon. Do go along to one of these events but if you can't make it follow the click to the draft plan above.The consultation period goes on until January 12, 2013, so there is still plenty of time to give your views. E-mail or write to Backwell Parish Council at 43 Rodney Road, Backwell.



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