Town’s wish list to cope with major new developments
PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 June 2018
A sports centre, a community building with a library, a Metrobus link and more primary schools are just a few of the developments councillors in Nailsea are calling for to prepare for thousands of homes planned for the town.
Nailsea’s population is set to swell by 50 per cent over the next 20 years and its council is compiling a town vision to set out the facilities and infrastructure required to cope.
The authority will discuss the draft of the masterplan tonight (Wednesday) before consulting the public on what improvements and developments they would like to see. Some of the key requirements include a new sports centre with indoor and outdoor facilities, all-weather pitches and possibly a swimming pool.
The council would like the Metrobus to serve Nailsea, park and ride facilities and a more modern railway station due to the increase in commuters.
A ‘major new community building’ with a library, new primary schools within walking distance of homes and green spaces and play areas within the developments are also on the wish list.
Nailsea Town Council clerk Ian Morrell said: “It’s the start of the process. We are setting out the big picture issues and the major discussions tonight which will involve how it can be developed in more detail and also how to consult the public.
“What’s important to establish first is what the priorities are for residents – both for themselves and the future.”
“A lot of it we have got from previous consultations – we know how much people value open spaces, rail links and access to the motorway.
“We want people to tell us what makes Nailsea a good place to live and what will keep it that way in the future.”
Nailsea has been earmarked for 2,575 homes in the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), but the town council has concerns about their planned location and a lack of infrastructure.
North Somerset Council is preparing a local plan for 2018-2036 which will make up a new planning policy framework.
Town and parish councils are being encouraged to prepare plans so they can be incorporated within the document.
Nailsea Town Council hopes the town vision will lead to ‘a fully planned expanded town where people wish to live, is easy to access and offers a wide range of activities’.
The authority wants housing built around the town – not to the side - a new road to the north connecting the B3130 from Bristol to Clevedon and on to the junction with Tickenham Hill Road.
Councillors want to develop employment to the north east of the town around existing trading estates, to improve public transport and cycle routes and upgrade the station to accommodate 10 coach trains and improve platform access.
A ‘sports village’ could also be created by consolidating existing facilities to enable operators to share facilities and running costs.
The authority has also stressed it wants ‘infrastructure to be completed in step with housing development’.
Tonight’s meeting will be held at the tithe barn, in Church Lane, at 7.30pm.