Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Banwell Garden Village Q11. Do you agree with the principles set out for Banwell Garden Village and would you suggest any changes to these? We consider that establishing the principles is a fundamental step towards developing the detail for development in these areas. [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21449761//2
Respondent Bloor Homes South West [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

The principles set out for Banwell Garden Village are broadly agreed, although it is not clear at this stage how these principles will form the basis of or inform specific future Local Plan policy.
The accompanying Turley Vision Document expands on, and develops, these principles and demonstrates an indicative masterplan for the site which integrates the draft principles, but is also deliverable and realistic; Bloor welcome the opportunity to remain involved in close working with the Council as part of developing the detailed policy framework required for the Garden Village proposals.
Notwithstanding the above, we would like to comment on the following principles:
• The village will be physically separated from the motorway and Banwell with its own local centre and
primary schools – the Turley indicative masterplan demonstrates how the Garden Village could
accommodate a physical separation between itself and Banwell while delivering development in some
form to the south of the proposed Banwell Bypass, in the interests of good placemaking principles. It is
proposed that this area could include uses to reflect a gateway into the village and/or include a first phase
of residential development.
• A local centre will be required as a focal point and consideration will need to be given to how existing
provision in Banwell can be enhanced and shared between the two settlements – the Turley indicative
masterplan shows how a local centre can be accommodated at the heart of the proposed village, but also how there is scope to include community uses can be accommodated at the gateway of the site to be shared between the two settlements.

• Development will largely occupy the south facing slopes of Woolvers Hill, maximising solar gain within the development – this principle is considered to be too vague, as if taken prescriptively could limit the extent of development and result in a significant reduction to the net developable area of the site, to the detriment of the overall place making and sustainable development objectives for the scheme. We
consider that maximising development on south facing slopes can and may play a role in developing a
masterplan for the site, but should not be at the expense of achieving other key masterplanning principles.
Alternative wording as follows would be suggested “Opportunities for residential development to
maximise solar gain on the south facing slopes of Woolvers Hill will be encouraged”.
• New residents will be encouraged to lead community engagement to help shape a vibrant sociable
neighbourhood – this principle should be welcomed, and forms an important part of shaping a new
community, however for the sake of brevity in plan making and effective policy drafting, it isn’t appropriate to include at this stage (as a possible policy requirement) and should be removed.
We consider a further principle should be added:
• Producing a masterplan for the site which maximises effective and efficient use of the available developable land, assisting in the viability of the scheme, helping to justify key infrastructure funding, and ensuring there is a critical mass of housing to secure the vitality of a village in the long term.

Summary
The principles set out for Banwell Garden Village are broadly agreed, although it is not clear at this stage how these principles will form the basis of or inform specific future Local Plan policy.
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