Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Employment Q36. What role do you think that residential developers should play in helping to deliver employment? Should the specific link between housing and employment be maintained. [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 1019521//11
Respondent GVA Grimley [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 07 Dec 2018
Comment

In general terms the role of housebuilders in delivering economic benefits should not be under estimated and a number of economic forecasting tools can be used to demonstrate this. With specific regards to Locking Parklands and West of Kenn Road, Clevedon St Modwen is seeking to demonstrate that residential development can unlock employment sites through pump priming required infrastructure. This point should be acknowledged in the new Local Plan.

The policy focus on jobs has proven to be flawed and is now to the detriment of the required housing delivery trajectory that the Weston Villages need to deliver. Therefore St Modwen is looking to work with the Council and other key stakeholders to modernise the policy position (and the Section 106 provisions for Locking Parklands). We have reviewed the Atkins ELR (2018) recommendation no. 3 for reviewing existing employment policy for Weston. St Modwen could support elements of the suggested points within recommendation 3 i, ii and iii and wish to work with the Council and other major landowners to explore a deliverable solution from this list of options (or others). The key message at this stage that St Modwen wish to make is that there needs to be a move away from specific job requirements.

Summary
St Modwen looking to work with council and other key stakeholders to modernise policy position (employment led strategy). Need to move away from specific job requirements.
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