What is your view on plan for 25,000 homes in North Somerset?
PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 September 2018
Plans for thousands of homes and major changes to infrastructure are under the microscope, as the public has a chance to 'shape' the future of North Somerset.
North Somerset Council is developing its local plan, which will decide where housing, employment and infrastructure developments will take place until 2036.
The plan will link in with the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which will see more than 100,000 homes built across the West Country in the next two decades, with North Somerset earmarked for around 25,000 houses.
A ‘garden village’ at Mendip Springs between Congresbury and Churchill of 2,700 houses is included in the proposal, while Nailsea and Backwell are set to swell by 2,500 and 700 houses respectively.
The JSP – which is currently under review by the Government – will provide the broad planning framework for the next two decades, while the local plan will be a more specific blueprint for the district’s future.
After hosting initial consultations last year, the council has published an Issues and Options document – which details the challenges it expects to face in reaching its development targets – and the authority is seeking public opinion in a consultation which will be open until December 10.
A spokesman said: “The housing challenge facing North Somerset is to deliver around 25,000 new homes by 2036. Of these, just under 14,000 are already earmarked with just over 11,000 still to be allocated.
“While the JSP will provide the overall planning context across the West of England region, detailed proposals for North Somerset will be brought forward in a new local plan.
“This 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.”
To view the document and take part in the consultation, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/localplan2036
The document is also available to view at Weston Town Hall, Castlewood, in Clevedon and at all North Somerset libraries.