Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Mendip Spring garden Village Q16. Do you agree with the principles set out for Mendip Spring Garden Village and would you suggest any changes to these? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 14339585//6
Respondent Simon Hegarty [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

In planning terms the proposed vision is misconceived by reason of the following:

(a)    It is undeliverable because: (i) It will not be possible to purchase the necessary land to carry out the development within the time contemplated by the plan and (ii) is dependent on the construction of roads from the M5 motorway requiring government funding which is unlikely in the absence of there being any sound economic case for it.

(b)    It is not viable because the cost of the necessary infrastructure to support such a large development in the middle of the countryside would be disproportionate and prohibitively high and would made the building of affordable housing in Churchill unviable .

(c)    It is unsound because(i) There is and will not be sufficient local employment to support the new development (ii) There will be no adequate public transport infrastructure to support the development in consequence of which many more journeys will be made by car in to Bristol (2011 Census Churchill and Lanford - 87% of those who travel to work commute to Bristol.*) (iii) The cost of necessary flood and drainage infrastructure wil preclude the provision of affordable housing.(iv) it is adjacent to the The Mendip Hills AONB.

(d)    It is unsustainable because the location is too far from employment locations resulting in increased car movement , the lack of an adequate transport infrastructure, the unmitigatable damage to ecology and landscape, and substantial increase in pollution from traffic commuting into and out of Bristol(a City which aspires to be carbon neutral)

In summary, the Mendip Spring Garden Village proposal (7.6 of the JSP) will be found to be unsound on public examination due to take place in 2019. The vision for this development is therefore fundamentally flawed.

Summary
the Mendip Spring Garden Village proposal (7.6 of the JSP) will be found to be unsound on public examination due to take place in 2019. The vision for this development is therefore fundamentally flawed.
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