Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q54. Are there any other policy areas you feel need to be considered – either new policies, or amendments to an existing policy? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21466497//2
Respondent FCC Environment Ltd [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent consultations@thesiriusgroup.com
Response Date 11 Jan 2019
Comment

Chapter 9 of the Issues and Options Document refers to the potential new policy areas that are needed in the new Local Plan. It states that the adopted policies in the Development Management Policies Plan, adopted in July 2016, are generally up-to-date and can be carried forward into the Local Plan 2036. Policy DM57 of the adopted Development Management Policies Plan relates to conversions, reuse and new build for visitor accommodation in the countryside. The adopted policy states that "…the construction of a new building for use as visitor accommodation will be permitted provided that it … is set within the curtilage of an Page 3 of 3 existing building and is located adjacent to that building…". FCC consider this adopted policy is overly restrictive; a less restrictive approach, whereby the merits of each case is considered individually, would support greater enhancement of leisure and recreation facilities which would contribute to the rural economy. Paragraph 83 of the NPPF states the "planning policies and decisions should enable: … c) sustainable rural tourism and leisure developments which respect the character of the countryside…". The policy should be updated and broadened to enable the benefits that the scheme would generate for the rural economy to be considered and weighed against any impact.

Summary
Consider adopted policy DM57 construction of new buildings for visitor accommodation) to be too restrictive, the policy should be updated and broadened.
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