Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Mendip Spring garden Village Q15. Do you have any comments on the proposed vision for Mendip Spring Garden Village? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 14896737//1
Respondent Alder King (M Cullen) [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Jan 2019
Comment

The University of Bristol considers that there are better and more sustainable locations to accommodate the growth requirements of Bristol, such as its land holding at Long Ashton. A Strategic Development Location (SDL) at Long Ashton, would be better related to Bristol, the City which is the source of housing need and would therefore result in more sustainable patterns of development by reducing reliance on the private motor car. Detailed representations outlining the flawed approach to the JSP’s spatial strategy and its identification of SDLs has already been submitted as part of the JSP consultation. Notwithstanding this, and without prejudice, the University of Bristol supports North Somerset Council’s proactive approach in seeking to deliver its new local plan, and therefore comments are made to the ‘Mendip Spring Garden Village’ on the basis that the university has a major land holding in very close proximity to it.

2.2 The garden village seeks to deliver approximately 2,675 dwellings up to 2036 with 7.4 hectares of employment land. It has been informed by technical work published through the locational ‘dashboards’ and SDL templates which themselves informed the JSP. Each dashboard presented an assessment of the suitability of land beyond the nearest settlement boundaries for strategic development at each of the locations detailed in the ‘Assessment of strategic development locations beyond settlement boundaries methodology paper’. The constraints mapping, which formerly referred to the SDL as the ‘M5 to A38 Corridor (east) - Churchill (CH)’, identified the potential for additional strategic growth within the general area north of the A368. It was recognised that this would be dependent on the new M5 – A38 link road, avoiding the AONB and any impacts upon its setting and ecologically sensitive areas. Therefore development is focussed to the north of Churchill and north west of Langford, separated by a strategic gap.

2.3 In terms of the key identified constraints upon strategic development potential, it is understood that the strategic development in this location is entirely dependent on new highway infrastructure including the new M5 to A38 link road whereby the proposed Sanford and Churchill Bypass will connect to the Banwell Bypass and M5 to the west. These strategic transport interventions will provide an opportunity for transformational change to the existing settlements along this corridor.

Q.15 Do you have any comments on the proposed vision for Mendip Spring Garden Village?

2.4 Notwithstanding the university’s previous comments concerning alternative SDL locations that would facilitate a more sustainable pattern of development within North Somerset, it generally supports the Mendip Spring Garden Village. However, whilst it is acknowledged that the vision is an aspirational statement, at the same time it should be grounded in reality. In this regard, the expectation that the garden village will be delivered in its entirety in less than 20 years seems overly optimistic. The SDL is entirely dependent on the delivery of a new bypass, and junction on to the M5. Aside from the technical challenges its delivery presents, there is also the fact that a significant land assembly is necessary, requiring multiple ownerships. These constraints are significant, to the point that the University questions what, if any part of the SDL could be delivered during the plan period.

2.5 With regard to the projected 2,675 dwellings it is understood that a standard methodology for calculating housing capacity has been used but it is anticipated that further, more detailed work through the Local Plan will refine this figure, informed by more detailed work on the SDL.

 

 

Summary
The expectation that the garden village will be delivered in its entirety in less than 20 years seems overly optimistic, as it depends on the delivery of a new bypass, and junction on to the M5. Significant land assembly is necessary, requiring multiple ownerships. These constraints are significant, to the point that the University questions what, if any part of the SDL could be delivered during the plan period.
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