Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q3. Do you agree with these or are there other challenges or issues which we have not included and how might the Local Plan address these? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 20273121//3
Respondent CPRE Avonside [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

Nailsea should be considered as a self-contained location promoting local employment and providing for local jobs.

Frequent congestion on the M5 and to Bristol emphasises the importance of having sustainable modes of transport in place before development.

New west/east roads would be highly destructive to important heritage and landscape. We do not support the proposal for a new transport corridor to cross from Nailsea to Backwell. It would have a detrimental environmental impact on Backwell Lake and this sensitive area.

We would expect the new ‘Visions’ being prepared would respect the landscape and work to enhance the setting of the towns.

Backwell has limited services and would not be capable of supporting the extent of housing proposed. Despite the village ‘straddling’ the A370, it is a rural village with a strong community ‘feel’. The strategic gap between Nailsea and Backwell should be maintained.

Summary
Nailsea should be a self-contained location providing local jobs. Frequent congestion shows importance of sustainable transport before development. New west/east roads would destroy important heritage/landscape. Nailsea-Backwell transport corridor would harm Backwell Lake and this sensitive area. The new ‘Visions’ being prepared should respect the landscape and work to enhance the setting of the towns. Backwell services are not capable of supporting extensive housing. Maintain strategic gap.
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