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 21242753//20
Respondent J Gower-Crane [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 28 Jan 2019
Comment

How the Housing will be met?

Dr Liam Fox MP Dec 2014 in the House of Commons. In Apr 2012 NSC had a Core Strategy that was adopted and approved by the Planning Inspector, which provided "a revised regional spatial strategy that reflected local needs, infrastructure and objectives, which had a total target of 14,000 houses by 2026 ... The plan was subsequently challenged in the courts by the university of Bristol, which wants to build on green-belt land". The High Court ruled in favour of the university of Bristol. "Had the inspector given adequate reasoning, North Somerset would now be required only to provide 14,000 houses" (Previous regional strategy target of 26,750 was abandoned).

In July 2016 CPRE wrote on the new NSC Local Plan "North Somerset needs a period of stability in terms of Strategic Planning and not to be chasing a timetable of a new plan that meets the need of the JSP", we agree. So it seems NSC already has its original 2026 target in hand with 13,932 of the original 14,000 already committed or having planning. So it seems NSC is being asked to build an additional 11,000 for the remaining 10 years as part of the JSP partnership. Then presumably more development will be requested post 2036 for both NSC and JSP. When will the 'growth'/development stop? How do we protect green fields for general well-being, environmental, leisure, farming and future generations? How can NSC ensure that planning permissions are actually built rather than land banking?

Summary
When will the growth/development stop? How do we protect green fields for general wellbeing, environmental, leisure, farming, future generations and prevent land banking.
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