Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Introduction How the housing requirement will be met: [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21579777//2
Respondent Taylor Wimpey - The Vale [View all comments by this respondent]
Agent Savills
Response Date 12 Dec 2018
Comment

Q1. Weston-super-Mare

1.1. The key issues and suggested approaches in relation to Weston-super-Mare pre-suppose that it is desirable and / or correct to continue to focus growth towards the town through the new Local Plan, in isolation from any nuanced consideration of supply and demand.

1.2. As set out in our previous representations (see paragraphs 32 to 40 and 66 to 67 of Appendix 2), based on average annual housing completions (ie the absorption rate) in Weston-super-Mare over the last 10 years 346.2 dwellings per annum and the existing housing supply in Weston-super-Mare (circa 11,500 dwellings in permissions and allocations, excluding the proposed Banwell and Churchill SDLs), there is already sufficient land to maintain existing absorption rates for over 33 years.

1.3. Furthermore, despite strategic policy being in place for over 20 years, the balance of jobs to homes in Weston-super-Mare has not resulted in enhanced self-containment. Evidence from commuting flows indicates that a high proportion of households in Weston-super-Mare remain economically dependent upon the Bristol urban area. Therefore even if higher housing absorption rates could be achieved, directing further housing growth (including the proposed Banwell and Churchill SDLs) toward the Weston-super-Mare area is only likely to promote unsustainable patterns of development.

Summary
The key issues and suggested approaches in relation to Weston-super-Mare pre-suppose that it is desirable and / or correct to continue to focus growth towards the town through the new Local Plan, in isolation from any nuanced consideration of supply and demand. There is already sufficient land to maintain existing absorption rates for over 33 years. The balance of jobs to homes in Weston-super-Mare has not resulted in enhanced self-containment.
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