Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q50. Do you have any views on the conversion of holiday accommodation to residential use in the countryside? What approach should future policies take? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 20338913//40
Respondent Aston [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Jan 2019
Comment

The conversion of holiday accommodation to residential use should be considered case by case based on its merits. There may be locations that are highly unsustainable but others will be close to existing services and facilities and one policy option is to encourage/consent Live-Work units. If an applicant can demonstrate that fibre to the premises is now available, why not consent such use and open the prospect for a use that will not increase commuting and can provide rural economic activity in replacement of holiday accommodation (a business generating use). This provides an excellent solution increasing housing supply (small units) and encouraging business start-up.

Summary
Conversion of holiday accommodation to residential should be considered case by case based on its merits. There may be locations that are highly unsustainable but others will be close to existing services and facilities and one policy option is to encourage/consent live-work units. If an applicant can demonstrate that fibre to the premises is now available, why not consent such use and open the prospect for a use that will not increase commuting and can provide rural economic activity.
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