Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q2. 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 20338913//4
Respondent Aston [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Jan 2019
Comment

It's agreed that a key priority needs to be better connectivity/integration between Hill Road, The Triangle (Town Centre), the seafront and Salthouse playing fields. There remain great opportunities.

As above local employment remains essential and a policy promoting and encouraging Live-Work units is supported.

The proposed contingency housing site to the east of M5 Junction 20 is not supported for the following reasons:

  1. As the maps illustrate this land is low lying, surrounded by main rivers forming part of the Tickenham Moors reclaimed land. It is in Flood Zone 3 and is consequently not located within a sustainable
  2. The M5 creates an undesirable barrier/separation of the proposed housing site from the main town.
  3. The network of rhynes adjacent to Nailsea Moor are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) and there is water pathway inter-connection.
  4. Newhouse Farmhouse and Newhouse Cottage are located within the designated area and are Grade 2 Listed.
  5. The M5 creates an existing physical settlement boundary to Clevedon to the east, restraining further migration of development into open countryside.
  6. Residential land use directly adjacent to a motorway is not ideal in terms of noise and air quality, particularly given the UKs current air quality issues.
Summary
A key priority is better connectivity/integration between Hill Road, town centre and seafront. Local employment is essential and a policy promoting and encouraging live-work units is supported. Contingency housing site E of J20 is not supported - flood zone 3, M5 creates barrier/separation from Clevedon, network of rhynes are SSSI, Listed Buildings, M5 protects migration of development into open countryside, residential land use adjacent a motorway is not ideal - noise and air quality.
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