Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft

Document Section Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft Delivering Strong and Inclusive Communities DM35 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 706241//3
Respondent Nailsea Town Council [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 16 Apr 2013
Current Status Accepted

The 2011 Census results highlight the fact that relative to North Somerset and the south west as a whole, Nailsea has a relative oversupply of 4-bed properties, and an undersupply of 1 and 2 bed properties. The statistics in the Census also highlight that Nailsea has a high level of under-occupancy (i.e. the number of rooms/bedrooms in a property is higher than would be expected in relation to the number of people resident at the property). Coupled with a reducing average figure for the number of people resident in properties, the only way of averting a reducing and aging population in Nailsea is through the provision of new housing development of the appropriate mix i.e. retirement properties and starter homes.

The overriding policy of the Town Council regarding residential development is as follows:

"The objective of having a balanced and sustainable population has to be supported by an appropriate development of residential properties. As a result of previous building and subsequent extensions to many properties in the town, further residential development should maximise the number of 1 and 2-bed dwellings and address the specific need for low cost properties for purchase by young people and families, and suitable properties for downsizing. The building of downsizing properties will also release more of the larger properties, underlining the need not to build any more than a minimum number of such properties."

The policy that gated developments are not normally supported in the interest of establishing well-integrated communities is welcomed.