North Somerset Core Strategy Consultation on consequential changes to remitted policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32, CS33

Document Section North Somerset Core Strategy Consultation on consequential changes to remitted policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32, CS33 Policy CS19: Strategic Gaps [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 4602593//4
Respondent Deleted User [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 17 Dec 2015
Comment

The designation should not be accompanied by inflexible policies that restrict all development within a gap. Gleeson advocates that proposals that incorporate development within the Strategic Gap are considered on a site by site basis as development associated within a Strategic Gap location may be the most sustainable location for such development.

Our comments are focused in particular on the strategic gap to the south of Nailsea.  Is there a need for a gap between the modest settlement of Backwell and Nailsea necessary and is it of strategic importance.  It is suggested that this area does not need the protection afforded by such a designation as the land does not form a strategic function.  Visually the settlements would remain separate without this designation and the importance of the separation is not justified in the context of the policy.

It is considered that the gap between Nailsea and Backwell warrants the designation of Strategic Gap.  The settlements are not significant in terms of size and the gap cannot be seen when within it.  As such the designation is unnecessary.

The railway line provides a physical boundary to the landscape setting of Nailsea and also importantly providing a significant boundary between Backwell and Nailsea. Accordingly we do not perceive that the Strategic Gap within this location provides a feature that could not be provided as part of a residential extension to Nailsea.

Nailsea Town Council again demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of what is being proposed and show that they are wanting to restrict any development in this sustainable location at the expense of the existing Green Belt sites that they have an interest in.

Unlike the District or Town Council we have carried out an extensive study of this area which has been submitted to the Council before.  The Strategic Gap between Nailsea and Backwell is without justification (see attached report)

These comments outline the position of Gleeson Developments Limited and we will be happy to clarify or expand upon this statement at the Hearings as appropriate.

Do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination? Yes
Why do you feel it is necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination? To expand on this matter
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