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 711873//11
Respondent Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Jan 2019
Comment

The two Parish Councils are engaged in preparation of a joint Neighbourhood Plan with the Neighbourhood Plan Area (NPA) covering the two parishes including parts of Royal Portbury Dock. There is also a Community Land Trust (Pill and District Community Land Trust) aiming to provide affordable housing for local people within the area.

2.5 Green Belt

The Councils have in the past emphasised the importance of the Green Belt. It plays a crucial role in preventing the sprawl of Bristol - especially from large scale speculative housing proposals - .and there is already some ribbon development (Pill Road and Martcombe) which, without retention of the Green Belt, could spread all along the A369 from Beggar Bush to the M5 Motorway. At the same time we recognise the need to provide housing in North Somerset and preparatory work on the Neighbourhood Plan has assessed the possibility of identifying small sites in the Green Belt for housing for local people (see also below on Settlement Boundaries).

Changes to the existing Green Belt are needed in our area to recognise existing built development (e.g. Ham Green) and to introduce a formal settlement boundary for Abbots Leigh. Beyond this we would not wish to lose any of the Green Belt which serves an important function in maintenance of the distinctiveness and identity of the various communities within the Neighbourhood Area (Easton-ion-Gordano, Pill, Pill, Ham Green and Abbots Leigh).

Summary
Green Belt plays crucial role in preventing sprawl of Bristol. Without it ribbon development could sprawl along A369. Neighbourhood Plan work has assessed possibility of identifying small sites in Green Belt for housing for local people. Changes are need to recognise existing built development (Ham Green) and to introduce settlement boundary for Abbots Leigh. Would not wish to lose Green Belt beyond this - important to maintain distinctiveness and identity of communities.
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