Proposals for 1,800 homes in Portishead 'speculative' and will undergo scrutiny – NSC
PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 April 2019
Proposals to build more than 1,800 homes in Portishead are ‘entirely speculative’, according to North Somerset Council – which insists no development will go ahead without ‘detailed’ scrutiny.
Last week the Times revealed developers have their eyes on several sites across the town, which could be harvested for hundreds of homes.
The proposals were brought forward as part of the council’s latest consultation on its draft local plan – a document which will be used to shape development across North Somerset until 2036.
The authority has been tasked with finding sites for at least 25,000 homes by the Government in that period.
Responses to the consultation – which focused on the ‘issues and options’ facing housing and infrastructure growth in North Somerset in the coming years – were published last month, with developers taking the opportunity to put forward their plans.
But the council insists they will not go ahead without comprehensive scrutiny.
A spokesman said: “Last month saw the publication of the responses to the Issues and Options consultation we carried out at the end of 2018, to seek views to inform the draft local plan for North Somerset.
“The Local Plan will set out policies to shape future development, helping to guide decisions on future planning applications, as well as allocating sites for housing, jobs, schools and other services and infrastructure to meet North Somerset’s needs up to 2036.
“Some of the consultation responses received were from housing developers who used the process as an opportunity to set out their proposals for specific sites in North Somerset.
“It’s important to note these developer proposals are entirely speculative. Anyone can suggest a development at any site, regardless of site ownership or suitability, but that suggestion does not imply development will go ahead, and the plan-making process which will assess the options is at a very early stage.
“The pool of potential new opportunities for residential development will be assessed as part of the detailed plan-making process.
“The draft local plan, containing the council’s preferred housing sites, will then be subject to public consultation before being submitted for examination.”