Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Mendip Spring garden Village Q17. Do you have any comments on the Concept Diagrams and Alternative Scenarios set out? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 14896737//3
Respondent Alder King (M Cullen) [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Jan 2019
Comment

Q17. Do you have any comments on the concept diagrams and alternative scenarios set out?

4.1 Having considered the design principles which will inform the evolving masterplan for the SDL, it is apparent that further land to the east of the proposed garden village is necessary if the design principles are to be accomplished alongside delivering the required number of dwellings. As stated above, in order to invest money in delivery of key components like high quality green infrastructure and exemplary design, the commercial realities faced by the construction industry must be realised and thus additional land should be set aside to ensure the design principles in the evolving masterplan can realistically be delivered.

4.2 Whilst the University of Bristol support the proposed vision for the SDL, they also support further development to the east towards Stock Lane where there is potential to extend development on land outside of the flood plain. Whilst this presents the opportunity to release greenfield land for development, it would also provide the opportunity to review brownfield land that is either vacant or would otherwise better lend itself to alternative forms of development.

4.3 Furthermore, given the Sandford and Churchill Bypass will form the outer edge of the proposed SDL, its strategic route to the A38, airport and Bristol is envisaged to route east through a mixture of greenfield and brownfield land owned by the University of Bristol thus improving the sustainability credentials for future development prospects in this location. By extending the development opportunities of the SDL to the east towards Stock Lane rather than to the north this will stay within the outer edge limits of the proposed bypass.

4.4 The potential for a strategic gap between Langford/Churchill and the Mendip Spring Garden Village is essential and will help prevent any coalescence between the settlements whilst providing a multifunctional network of green infrastructure and opportunity for recreational use.

4.5 The strategic gap directly to the south of the SDL and the settlement of Churchill also has other important benefits including the protection and enhancement of local heritage assets and their settings including Churchill Court unregistered park and garden and the listed buildings at Churchill Green and Front Street mentioned above.

4.6 Therefore any further growth at the SDL should be directed east towards Stock Lane. Whilst it is appreciated that the concept diagrams are not final masterplans, it is noted that higher density housing is focussed around the mixed use local centre. Furthermore, where a lower density fringe of development is expected on the western side opening out to the countryside beyond, the opportunity exists to achieve higher density development as you move eastwards through the SDL towards ‘Monaghan Mushrooms’ and existing brownfield sites fronting Stock Lane. The justification for higher density development in this location would be the fact that the eastern extremity of the SDL does not open out onto ‘open countryside’ beyond but instead would approach and complement the existing brownfield development on both sides of Stock Lane.

 

Summary
Having considered the design principles which will inform the evolving masterplan for the SDL, further land to the east of the proposed garden village is necessary if those principles are to be accomplished alongside delivering the required number of dwellings.
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