Proposed Changes to the North Somerset Core Strategy

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Document Section Proposed Changes to the North Somerset Core Strategy CS31 pc42 [List all comments on this document part]
Comment ID 706241/pccs/1
Respondent Nailsea Town Council [List all comments by this respondent]
Agent Baker Associates
Response Date 14 Sep 2011
Current Status Accepted
Do you agree with the Proposed Changes? No
If not please state reasons why:

Proposals at Nailsea for new mixed use schemes adjacent to the settlementboundary to meet identified local needs will be supported provided that the site is not in the Green Belt, it is supported by the local community and any necessary site allocations and changes to the settlement boundary have been addressed in the Site Allocations SA DPD.

The text above sets out the policy wording as amended in the proposed changes and the District Council suggests this has been amended "to partly address responses to" 7062421/CSPV/2 Nailsea Town Council

The Town Council objected to the terms of the policy as originally drafted because the Town Council consider that there are sustainable opportunities for development of the town to meet local needs. But that these opportunities lie outside of the settlement boundary and within what is currently designated as Green Belt.

Therefore the Town Council wish to see an approach to Green Belt boundaries which allows future site allocations documents and/or a Neighbourhood Plan, to consider the most appropriate (sustainable) areas for development around the town without a blanket moratorium on changes to the Green Belt boundary which Policy CS6 currently provides.

Therefore the prime objection of the Town Council to the Core Strategy was (and remains) to Policy CS6. The Council wish to see opportunities for the Green Belt boundary to be reviewed (both expanded and contracted) during later stages of the development plan preparation and as drafted Policy CS6 would preclude any further consideration by the district or the town councils.

The objection to Policy CS31 is secondary to this objection and it is even more so the case since the issue of the Draft NPPF on the 25th July as the dNPPF allows neighbourhoods such as Nailsea to "promote more development than is set out in the strategic policies of the Local Plan" (dNPPF para 50).

The dNPPF provides the community of Nailsea the opportunities to promote higher levels of growth than are specified in the submission Core Strategy and the town may take on this challenge. However, if this is to be the case then the Town Council would wish to be able to consider all sustainable and appropriate sites within and around the town.

Therefore the Town Council maintain strongly the objection to Policy CS6 and seek the opportunity for Green Belt boundaries to be reviewed as part of the allocations DPD and/or the Neighbourhood Plan.

The objection to Policy CS31 is secondary to this and relate to two aspects.

Firstly to the level of growth which is directed to Nailsea and this is already addressed above in regard to the opportunities for the Town Council to promote higher growth via a Neighbourhood Plan.

As a secondary objection the town council refer again to the wording of Policy CS6 which restricts consideration of Green Belt sites to provide the location for that growth. Only if changes to Policy CS6 are not made does the Town Council consider it necessary to make any amendment to policy CS31 in regard of the text.

The proposed change to the text suggest by the Town Council is that the words: "the site is not in the Green Belt" should be deleted. The amendment to Policy CS31 proposed by the District Council goes no way to meeting this objection

The insertion of the words "adjacent to the settlement boundary" does not in any way meet the concerns of the Town Council. Indeed, without the deletion of the words regarding Green Belt the revised wording provides more support to sites outside of the settlement boundary and outside of the Green Belt than was previously the case.

Therefore the Town Council retain their objection to the original wording of Policy CS6 and to the figures provided for in Policy CS31. The Town Council also object to the proposed wording now put forward by the District Council and, in the absence of changes to Policy CS6, would still seek the deletion of the words in the text as previously stated.

The proposed wording of the policy would be:

Proposals at Nailsea for new mixed use schemes to meet identified local needs will be supported provided that it is supported by the local community and any necessary site allocations and changes to the settlement boundary and green belt boundary have been addressed in the Site Allocations SA DPD or Neighbourhood Plan.