Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q5. 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 6709249//2
Respondent Roger Key [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 09 Jan 2019
Comment
  1. Formulation of The Emerging Plan
    1. Paragraph 136 of NPPF2 makes clear that Green belt boundaries should be altered through the preparation or updating of development plans. Since the first stages of development of the JSP, and now in the I&OD document, NSC has failed to conduct a review of its Green Belt boundaries, other than for the airport. NSC needs to conduct an evidence based review of the merits of allocating land for housing development within the Green Belt, particularly for sites located closer to the economic hub of the sub-region in Bristol, for which travel to work will require less travel and a greater proportion journeys can be made by sustainable modes.  Failure to conduct this review is a serious flaw in the evidence base for both JSP and the I&OD and renders both documents unsound.
Summary
Paragraph 136 of NPPF2 makes clear that Green Belt boundaries should be altered through the preparation or updating of development plans. NSC in JSP and LP has failed to conduct a review of its Green Belt boundaries, other than for the airport. NSC needs to conduct an evidence based review of the merits of allocating land for housing development within the Green Belt, particularly for sites closer to economic hub of Bristol. Failure to conduct a review renders the plans unsound.
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