Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Banwell Garden Village Q12. We would be interested in your thoughts on additional employment at the Banwell development including the type and possible location. [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21503905//3
Respondent The Haynes Family [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Grassroots Planning
Response Date 16 Jan 2019
Comment

3.23 We would strongly support the provision of high-quality employment land being allocated and specifically identified on land between the garden village and the motorway to the west of Summer Lane. We do however, consider that this area should extend north to maximise the use of this area, which is well placed in respect of existing transport infrastructure, such as the Banwell Bypass and new M5 junction.

3.24 If the motorway junction is delivered, then the site would be an excellent location for distribution and other employment uses complementary to the motorway network. Such uses are “land hungry” and provide further reason why a more aspirational allocation of employment land should be pursued here. We consider the allocation should be more aspirational at this stage to make provision for future economic growth, as encouraged by the NPPF.

3.25 Therefore, we propose that additional land is allocated for employment, to the north of that currently earmarked by the council. This is illustrated in our masterplan contained at appendix A to this document.

3.26 This location would provide a separation between the garden village and the motorway and would ensure employment land is located with good transport links, close to the M5 junction and the junction with the proposed bypass.

Summary
We would strongly support the provision of high-quality employment land being allocated and specifically identified on land between the garden village and the motorway to the west of Summer Lane. We do however, consider that this area should extend north to maximise the use of this area, which is well placed in respect of existing transport infrastructure, such as the Banwell Bypass and new M5 junction.
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