Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Banwell Garden Village Q10. Do you have any comments on the proposed vision for Banwell? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 698049//9
Respondent Mendip Hills AONB unit [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 09 Jan 2019
Comment

Regarding Pages 35 and 36: Banwell Garden Village Design Principles. 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:

The SDLs (strategic allocations) are still to be tested through the Joint Spatial Plan examination. As set out in our comments dated 8 January 2018 to the Joint Spatial Plan consultation, we have strong concerns regarding the allocation of Banwell and Churchill garden villages.

Under bullet point 1, it is unclear what is meant by ‘innovative approaches to placemaking including technological advances, and to maximise the quality and effectiveness of development’.

Under bullet point 2, it is unclear what is meant by the ‘design and feel will be compact with its own character and sense of identity emphasising the rolling landscape’.

These SDLs (strategic allocations) are still to be tested through the Joint Spatial Plan examination. As set out in our comments dated 8 January 2018 to the Joint Spatial Plan consultation, we have strong concerns regarding the allocation of Banwell and Churchill garden villages.

Under bullet point 1, it is unclear what is meant by ‘innovative approaches to placemaking including technological advances, and to maximise the quality and effectiveness of development’.

Under bullet point 2, it is unclear what is meant by the ‘design and feel will be compact with its own character and sense of identity emphasising the rolling landscape’.

With reference to bullet point 5, opportunities to link in to the wider green infrastructure network will be important. Under this bullet point, it is unclear what is meant by ‘ambitious design’.

With reference to bullet point 13, it will be key that strategic road infrastructure is delivered prior to delivery of residential development.   How will development be managed to ensure that phasing supports a holistic and coordinated approach to the wider outline development and infrastructure delivery, ensuring that piecemeal development does not take place?

With reference to bullet point 14, green infrastructure with integrated SuDS and landscaping must respect the surrounding landscape character and drainage patterns within the setting of the Mendip Hills AONB.

With reference to bullet point 15, not only should the development layout, form and design respect the setting of the Mendip Hills AONB, but any design principle documents and relevant master plans should include considerations of the protected landscape and the special qualities of the AONB. Views from and towards the Mendip Hills AONB should be protected particularly when considering the appropriate scale of the development, layout, design (including lighting) and landscaping.  The impact of development on the protected landscape and the special qualities of the Mendip Hills AONB would need to be carefully considered and supported by appropriate and acceptable mitigation measures.

The proposed development will also increase the impact on the Mendip Hills AONB particularly as relates to pressures for recreation arising from the proposed new developments and on transport infrastructure. Not only will the impact of the proposed development on the protected landscape need to be considered with regard to layout, form, design and landscaping, but also the wider pressures from the proposed development and appropriate and acceptable mitigation measures would be required.

 

Summary
Regarding q11: These SDLs (strategic allocations) are still to be tested through the Joint Spatial Plan examination. As set out in our comments dated 8 January 2018 to the Joint Spatial Plan consultation, we have strong concerns regarding the allocation of Banwell and Churchill garden villages.
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