Nailsea People consulted on planning blueprint

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By Carol_Deacon | Monday, February 25, 2013, 13:53

A planning blueprint goes out for consultation this month to decide where thousands of new homes could be built across North Somerset.

North Somerset Council has drawn up its draft sites and policies development plan (DPD) document detailing areas where new homes could be built up until 2026.

The plan also details areas where new business and employment opportunities could be created.

The new plan, once adopted, with the authority's 'core strategy document', will form the new local plan for the district.

North Somerset Council needs to make decisions about where new housing and jobs will be located and where and when new facilities and infrastructure, such as schools and roads, will be built.

The council also wants to ensure that valued landscapes are protected, in particular the green belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and that local communities are supported over the next 15 years.

 To do residents are now being urged to give their feedback to ensure the right development is built in the right place at the right time.

 Residents can get involved at exhibitions to be held across North Somerset so people can see what's proposed.

 Here are the dates and times:

  • Monday to Wednesday, March 11-13 at Weston Library, Town Hall;
  • 9am-5pm Thursday and 12.30-7pm Friday, March 14-15 at Winscombe Community Centre;
  • Tuesday, March 19 and 1.30-4pm Saturday, March 23 at Nailsea Library;
  • Wednesday and Thursday, March 20-21 at Portishead Library;
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26-27 at For All Healthy Living Centre, Weston-super-Mare;
  • Thursday and 10am-5pm Friday, April 4-5 at Clevedon Town Council Offices, 44 Old Street, Clevedon; and
  • Tuesday, March 9 and Thursday, April 11 at Yatton Library.

Where no times are listed, normal opening hours apply. 

For library opening hours click HERE.

Weekly drop-in sessions will also take place at council offices until the consultation deadline of Friday, April 19. 

Visit the Town Hall, in Weston-super-Mare, on Mondays and Castlewood, in Clevedon on Fridays, during office hours.

The consultation opens on Thursday, February 28.

To make comments known visit email or write to Planning Policy, North Somerset Council, Post Area 15,Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ or telephone 01934 426603.

The council has identified the need for 14,000 new homes in North Somerset between 2006- 2026.

It has earmarked 3,458 for Weston's urban area and 5,500 to Weston villages.

A further 3,717 new homes are allocated for Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead with a further 805 for the smaller villages.

A total of 522 homes will be built in other settlements and in the countryside.

So far 5,456 homes have been built across the district leaving 8,535 more to be added by 2026. 

In Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead by the end of January this year 2,374 homes had been completed since 2006 with 1,343 more to be built in these towns from now to 2026.

The blueprint proposes sites with a capacity of 9,786 homes – an oversupply of 1,251 above the requirement.

In Nailsea the plan proposes 450 new homes as well as 1.5 hectares of employment on land towards Tickenham on the outskirts of the town.

In Portishead the town centre boundary has been reviewed and extended to include the site for a new Sainsbury's store at Serbert Road.

The area now includes the Old Mill Road industrial area and it is hoped this area will be regenerated with a mix of shops, tourist, leisure, employment and residential uses.

The plan safeguards the potential Portishead railway station sites at Harbour Road, Quays Avenue and a site north of Moor Farm.

In Weston-super-Mare the plan is proposing the development of the former contaminated tip south at Herluin Way, with the development of up to 600 new homes, employment space and a new food store. 

The gas works at Herluin Way has been earmarked for up to 200 homes and there are plans to create an out-of-town retail park as part of the Weston Package highway improvements.

Council bosses would like to see new shopping areas in the St James Street area to encourage footfall between the seafront and the High Street and connect redevelopment of Dolphin Square to the tow centre.

The council is supporting redevelopment proposals to secure the future of Birnbeck Pier and the surrounding area.

The plan allocates land at Yatton Railway Station for more homes and employment space – subject to the 200 parking spaces at the station being protected.

Bleadon Quarry has been earmarked for homes, employment and community use along with Woodborough Farm, Winscombe, which has been allocated for 100 homes plus 1.5 hectares of employment-use land.

The council has earmarked two areas of wasteland off Winterstoke Road in Weston as potential traveller and gypsy camps.

In a report to the executive it said: "It is necessary to demonstrate a strong and steady supply of housing otherwise there will be pressure for major land releases, potentially including green belt."

North Somerset's executive has already approved the draft development plan and the deadline for comments is Friday, April 19.

A Nailsea Town Council planning sub committee is due to meet in March to make recommendations to a full council on Wednesday, April 10.

In the past six years only 93 new homes have been built in Nailsea.

Councillors had been concerned that developers would target Youngwood Lane and the move on Causeway View came as a surprise.

Town clerk Ian Morrell said: "We weren't aware of any developers had expressed an interest in Causeway View although this was the subject of a planning application for hundreds of homes more than a decade ago.

"The town council policy for a few years now is limited growth of housing because of falling school rolls, the demographics of an ageing population and the lack of homes for people downsizing or putting their first foot on the housing market."

"However, we will have to look at this document in totality and not in isolation."

Key issues in the draft document for the new home site are the 'impact of traffic on local road network, drainage and flood mitigation' and it notes 'the existing pylons which cross the site are proposed to be replaced further to the northwest'. 

Portishead and North Weston Town Council intends to send two of its councillors to a DPD workshop being organised by North Somerset Council at the end of March.

Clerk Rachel Tranter said: "Our planning regulatory meeting in either March or April will be commenting on the consultation."

Council spokesman Nick Yates said: "The plan is only in the draft stages and there is now an opportunity for people to air their views."

A revised document will be presented to the council in the autumn.

Clevedon Town Council is staging a district council DPD exhibition on Thursday and Friday, April 4-5 at its offices at Old Street.

Deputy town clerk Isabel Johnson said: "This is a consultation for Clevedon residents and will run from 10am-5pm both days in room two at 44 Old Street."

Backwell is slightly different as it is one of the first communities to be offered the opportunity to prepare a legally binding neighbourhood plan.

Backwell Future Steering Group is busy working on this document and has just concluded a series of open days and a 12-week consultation.

A spokesman said: "As well as input from individual residents we received valuable and detailed submissions from North Somerset Council, Backwell Residents Association, Backwell Environmental Trust, Sustainable Backwell and Backwell Sustainable Transport Action Group.   

"There has been focus on many different aspects of the draft plan, but all groups share a determination to secure the best possible future for Backwell.

"The Backwell Future Steering Group is now considering all the ideas put forward and the extent to which the Draft Plan might be amended.   

"It will not be possible to respond directly to every point made by hundreds of individuals, but changes will reflect concerns and suggestions made, and will be publicised when the revised draft goes forward to North Somerset Council and the final plan is ready for the independent examiner.

"After approval, the Backwell Neighbourhood Plan will be presented to the residents of Backwell in a referendum."

Weston Town Council assistant town clerk Tania Middlemiss said: "Weston Town Council has not formulated a response at the present moment but will be attending further consultation meetings in March."



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