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 21465921//2
Respondent N Green [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Jan 2019
Comment

The document does ask whether consideration should be given to “Green Belt changes in locations identified as making only a limited contribution to Green Belt purposes. This include consideration of the land inside the South Bristol Link in conjunction with Bristol City. “

  • Changes do need to be made to the Green Belt. The Green Belt as currently designated is strangling Bristol.  It is not sacrosanct/untouchable and the production of the Local Plan allows NSC to make changes to the Green Belt
  • Green Belt is not just green fields:
  • The new South Bristol Link road is on Green Belt.
  • Bristol airport is on Green Belt land
  • North Somerset Council (October 2018) granted planning permission for a temporary extension to the Silver Zone car park on Green Belt at Bristol airport.
    • 40% of land in North Somerset is Green Belt.  Just 2% is needed to build 4,500 houses close to the jobs in Bristol.
    • Rather than build on 2% of North Somerset’s Green Belt NSC would rather create a dormitory town in the countryside adjacent to the Mendip Hills AONB.
    • North Somerset Council is encouraging urban sprawl to leap-frog over Green Belt to create a soulless, dormitory town on good agricultural land. 
    • All the adjacent Local Authorities have proposals for development on green belt. 
Summary
Changes need to be made to the green belt.
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