Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Employment Q36. What role do you think that residential developers should play in helping to deliver employment? Should the specific link between housing and employment be maintained. [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 9138657//5
Respondent Home Builders Federation Ltd (… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 12 Dec 2018
Comment

The house building industry is a significant driver of the UK economy. Nationally last year as well as delivering much-needed new homes of all tenures across the country in villages, towns and cities the industry supported circa 700,000 jobs (including 239,000 directly employed workers / 18% of UK construction industry), generated £2.7 billion in tax revenues (via SDLT, Corporation tax, NI, PAYE etc), spent £11.7 billion with suppliers (90% of which stays in the UK) and provided £841 million (including £122 million for new / improved schools) for infrastructure (for more information see HBF publication "The Economic Footprint of UK Housebuilding" dated July 2018). 

The Council’s policy approach of specifically linking housing and employment in Weston Super Mare should be reviewed to ensure that it is robust, deliverable and effective. The 2018 NPPF sets out that planning policies should provide a clear economic vision and strategy which positively and proactively encourages sustainable economic growth having regard to local industrial strategies and other local policies for economic development and regeneration. This should be the starting point for reviewing the employment led policy in Weston Super Mare and its relationship with the new Local Plan strategy for growth and development in North Somerset including in the proposed SDLs.

 

Summary
approach to linking housing and employment in WsM should be reviewed.
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