Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Banwell Garden Village Q13. Do you have any comments on the Concept Diagrams and Alternative Scenarios set out? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21503905//4
Respondent The Haynes Family [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Grassroots Planning
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

3.27 We support the principle of a potential strategic development location at Banwell and we consider that development in this area would make a significant and important contribution towards meeting housing need and employment land provision within new Local Plan period and beyond.

3.28 In terms of the concept diagram included within the consultation document, we support the general location of development and the general location of the main development area.

3.29 Specifically, we support the identified location of employment land with good access to the existing and future road network. We do however, consider that this area should be extended northwards, up to the Grumblepill Rhyne to ensure sufficient employment land is allocated.

3.30 We consider it vital that the land between Summer Lane and the M5 (above the Grumlepill Rhyne) is allocated for employment land, some housing and green infrastructure looping around the proposed Garden Village. This will make the most efficient use of land, provide a visual buffer between the motorway and provide an area for ancillary associated infrastructure to support the wider strategic development (such as drainage attenuation ponds and noise buffers). We consider that green infrastructure should be included within any site allocation.

3.31 Consideration should be given to the extent and location of the area identified as a potential green infrastructure network which crosses the area of land between Summer Lane and the M5, as this has the potential to artificially constrain employment development to the south with no reasoned justification. If this was located to the north of the Grumplepill Ryne it could be linked into a wider area for green infrastructure looping around the proposed Garden Village.

3.32 Our proposed change to the masterplan approach for the Garden Village is set out in the alternative plan included as appendix A.

Alternative Scenarios

3.33 Two alternatives are identified for future development if housing need is not met by the existing sites identified.

3.34 To accommodate future growth, we would support alternative scenario 1 as it is outside the floodplain and would retain a separation between the proposed Garden Village and the existing settlement of Banwell. Again, we contend that in order to support the current strategic development requirements, as well as any future expansion, sufficient land needs to be allocated at this stage to provide supporting infrastructure. This is particularly important if areas to the north, for example, need to be developed at some point. Attenuation ponds for example, would be best placed away from future expansion areas to avoid the need for these to be relocated.

3.35 We do not support the alternative scenario alternative scenario 2 for new housing development, as extended development to the south east would effectively join the garden village up with the existing settlement of Banwell which will create coalescence, as it would not read as a separate settlement and would swamp the character and infrastructure of the existing settlement of Banwell.

Summary
To accommodate future growth, we would support alternative scenario 1 as it is outside the floodplain and would retain a separation between the proposed Garden Village and the existing settlement of Banwell. Again, we contend that in order to support the current strategic development requirements, as well as any future expansion, sufficient land needs to be allocated at this stage to provide supporting infrastructure.
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