Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Employment Q33. Do you agree that the delivery of employment and employment premises remain important to Weston-super-Mare? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21472417//8
Respondent Mead Realisations Ltd [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Walsingham Planning (Harris)
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

Reference is made to the North Somerset Economic Plan. It is assumed that this refers to the refreshed version 2017-2036. This document should be added to the Council’s evidence base for the new Local Plan.

It is noted that the document was informed by an ‘inclusive’ process of consultation with key businesses and stakeholders in all stages of development. However, as a major employer in North Somerset Mead Realisations Ltd is disappointed not to have been included in this process.

Reference is made to the need for the new Local Plan to have a clear economic vision. In accordance with the NPPF 2018 it should also include strategic sites, identify barriers to investment and be flexible and responsive.

It is noted that an Employment Land Review has been prepared and was informed by consultation with relevant stakeholders at a workshop event and via telephone and email. However, as a major employer in North Somerset Mead Realisations Ltd are disappointed not to have been included in this process.

Page 71 of the Issues and Options document suggest that additional employment sites will be considered. Land east of J21, as set out earlier in these representations, should also be considered for mixed use employment linked to the delivery of a bypass.

To enable a proper understanding of the economic conditions in North Somerset the Council should set out how much land has been delivered so far since adoption of the Core Strategy in 2013.

It is agreed that the delivery of employment remains an important issue for Weston super Mare. However, the allocation of employment land should not be constrained to land west of the M5.

Summary
It is agreed that the delivery of employment remains an important issue for Weston super Mare. However, the allocation of employment land should not be constrained to land west of the M5.
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