Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Mendip Spring garden Village Q18. Are there any other options you would add for accommodating strategic growth at Mendip Spring Garden Village? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21482913//1
Respondent Mr and Mrs K O'Connor [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 07 Dec 2018
Comment

As part of this representation, the land as outlined on the enclosed Site Location Plan ref. Figure 1 is formally offered for consideration as a residential allocation. Please accept this letter as a representation prepared on behalf of Mr M and Mrs K O’Connor to North Somerset’s Consultation to the Draft Local Plan 2036; Issues and Options Stage Document.

As part of this representation, the land as outlined on the enclosed plan ref. Figure 1, is offered as a residential allocation; either in its own right or as part of a larger residential allocation. The land is located West of Brinsea Road, Congresbury (345521, 161560), with the nearest post code being BS40 5ET.

The land is accessed via Stock Lane to the west. The land is outside of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and it does not form part of the Green Belt. The Draft Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Consultation Document takes forwards the objectives of The West of England Joint Spatial Plan (WoE JSP). The WoE JSP sets out a prospectus for sustainable growth that will help the area meet its housing and transport needs for the next twenty years. It will guide the planning strategies for planning authorities Bristol City, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire
Councils.

The JSP has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and it is anticipated it will be examined in Autumn/Winter 2018. It is expected to be adopted in 2019. Given its relatively advanced stage towards adoption, it is the guiding strategy for the next North Somerset Local Plan 2036.

The ‘Issues and Options Document’ informs North Somerset’s consultation. It proposes a new garden village centrally between Langford and Congresbury which is being referred to as ‘Mendip Spring Garden’. The Issues and options Document suggests three alternative scenarios to stimulate discussion on the
possible options for accommodating the strategic growth. Alternative Scenario 1 identifies further development to the north east of the strategic allocation of Mendip Springs Garden Village.

The land the subject of this representation falls within the area the subject of Alternative Scenario 1 as shown on p.48 of the Issues and Options Consultation Document.

The new development of the garden village will provide new shops and schools within walking distance of the site. The site outlined in Figure 1 provides the potential to secure good access links to new infrastructure and services whilst providing residential development close to existing buildings and residential properties. This is not an isolated location and it is not readily seen from the open countryside. The setting of the site is defined by the backdrop of other nearby residential properties, agricultural and industrial buildings.

There is a footpath that runs through the site the subject of this representation. There is no reason why, if the remainder of the site were developed for housing, why this footpath could not be properly consolidated as green infrastructure that could be landscaped to form part of a proper walkway and ecological and landscaped corridor.

Mr M and Mrs K O’Connor would like to respectfully invite the Authority to consider the site as outlined within the red line on the enclosed plan ref. Figure 1 to be incorporated as / within a residential allocation in the next North Somerset Local Plan 2036.

Summary
As part of this representation, the land as outlined on the enclosed plan ref. Figure 1, is offered as a residential allocation; either in its own right or as part of a larger residential allocation. The land is located West of Brinsea Road, Congresbury (345521, 161560), with the nearest post code being BS40 5ET.
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