Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Mendip Spring garden Village Q17. Do you have any comments on the Concept Diagrams and Alternative Scenarios set out? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21449761//8
Respondent Bloor Homes South West [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

We consider that the concept diagram in the Issues document provides a reasonable starting point to consider how strategic housing development could come forward in this area, however we consider that both of the alternative scenarios should be considered:
• Further development to the north towards Stock Lane; and
• Further development to the west towards Common Lane.
In order to maximise the benefits from the delivery of a new Garden Village, the delivery of a settlement with sufficient critical mass to help deliver and support key services and infrastructure, including high levels of quality green infrastructure, should be maximised where appropriate to do so. It is our view that there are limited constraints to a wider development being considered within the areas towards Stock Land and towards Common Lane and both should be progressed.
In addition to these, we consider that a further scenario should be considered. There is an opportunity for
development to be accommodated further south than currently identified, while still retaining a substantial
strategic green space and physical separation between the settlements and achieving the objectives of the allocation. This may give the opportunity for shared infrastructure, such as green space, which can provide a meeting space for both communities.
We consider that further consideration of all of the three above scenarios is justified and the correct course of action at this stage of the plan making process, for the following reasons:
• Inclusion of further land could lead to a greater number of homes being delivered from this SDL which will assist North Somerset in accommodating the strategic growth aspirations in both this plan period and
beyond (creating positive planning platform for the delivery of a sustainable garden community and much
needed future housing growth. Importantly, it will also make the most efficient use of the identified
location for development, and allow comprehensive planning and infrastructure delivery;
• As demonstrated on the accompanying indicative site location plan at Appendix 1 (showing the land being promoted by Bloor Homes), there is further available land to the north, to the west, and to the south;
• This further land, like the land currently identified in the Issues Document Concept Diagram, remains free from major planning constraints;
• Establishing a critical mass of housing in this location will assist in providing the amount of homes required to viably deliver the key piece of local infrastructure, the proposed Sandford and Churchill Bypass.

Summary
e consider that the concept diagram in the Issues document provides a reasonable starting point to consider how strategic housing development could come forward in this area, however we consider that both of the alternative scenarios should be considered.
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