North Somerset Council (NSC) is inviting local organisations, businesses and the public to have their say as part of a consultation on proposed a new Local Plan.
The council is starting the process of preparing a local plan to shape investment and infrastructure funding to support new homes, workplaces and local facilities for the next 15 years and beyond.
Click on the Project Title above to go to the North Somerset Consultation landing page for this project.
The first stage was a Pre-Commencement Consultation, by which the scope and structure of the plan would be developed. This started on 10 March 2020, consultation closing on 22 April. The document for this is available on the NSC website here. Various documents containing additional background information and the responses received are also available on that page.
The Conservation & Planning Group, on behalf of the Civic Society, have commented.
Our letter text was as follows:
CLEVEDON CIVIC SOCIETY.
NORTH SOMERSET COUNCIL LOCAL PLAN 2038.
COMMENTS ON PRE-COMMENCEMENT DOCUMENT March 2020
Our comments on the above are set out in the same sequence as the proposed local plan strategic policies in section 10.
Assessment of housing numbers should be modified to reflect reduced immigration levels post Brexit.
This policy should make reference to the provision of both affordable housing and social housing, and how it is to be achieved e,g. By providing sites and support for self builders.
ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE;
To maximise sustainability and focus on active travel the coast path between Clevedon and Weston super Mare should be completed as a priority. This has been discussed but not realised for decades
Strategic locations and key sites should include affordable housing in the most sustainable locations, e.g. close to employment and town/village centres.
There should also be a restriction on the number of elderly persons sheltered schemes and an emphasis on affordable housing for younger people.
The Civic Society would not wish to see any additional new housing in Clevedon outside the natural boundaries formed by the motorway, the Land Yeo ,the sea, and the green belt.
Completion of Coast Path between Clevedon and Weston super Mare.
Extending the segregated footpath /cycleway network e.g. through the Gordano Valley to connect Portishead and Clevedon on the route of the disused WC&P railway.
With the additional new housing ,waste water and surface water treatment capacity will have to be increased if the systems are not to be overloaded with consequential environmental impact.
The Civic Society is against any intrusion into the green belt, as ”exceptional circumstances” establish a precedent. This is how towns and villages coalesce over time and the original sense of place is lost.
Redevelopment of Clevedon Town Centre presents a unique opportunity to introduce more employment and affordable housing in a sustainable location..A strong policy supported by a masterplan is essential if this is to be achieved within the lifetime of this local plan.
See EMPLOYMENT above.
TOWN CENTRES AND HIGH STREETS;
In Clevedon all the objectives in this section of the pre consultation document could be achieved as redevelopment of the town centre is imminent. Adoption of the right policies and masterplanning will produce a town centre that can survive and adapt to future changes.
PLACE MAKING,QUALITY DESIGN AND PROVISION OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES;
The Civic Society supports all these objectives.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND HISTORIC CONSERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT;
The Civic Society supports all these objectives
In addition to the proposed strategic policies listed we feel very strongly that there should be additional strategic policies dealing specifically with;
• CULTURE INCLUDING THE ARTS.
These activities already contribute to the local economy and are likely to increase in significance in future.
Local Plan policies which assist these sectors to grow would be of great benefit to the community.
CLEVEDON CIVIC SOCIETY AUGUST 2020
The Conservations and Planning Group did not comment on this stage as they felt that it would just be reiterating previous responses.
Create your own site - Find out