North Somerset Local Plan 2038 Challenges and Choices Part 1: Challenges for the Future

Local Plan 2038: Challenges for the Future

Why do we need a Local Plan?

Local authorities must prepare up-to-date plans which set out a vision, a framework for addressing housing and other needs and a platform for local people to help shape their surroundings. This also involves working closely with adjoining local authorities to ensure that shared issues are properly addressed. In our case we will continue to work closely with Bristol and the West of England Combined Authority in the north and with Sedgemoor and Somerset to the south to discuss common issues and ensure that our plans and policies are aligned. We also work with communities developing neighbourhood plans within North Somerset. The Local Plan will provide a new overall context within which new or updated neighbourhood plans can be progressed for towns and villages to reflect local aspirations.

Boosting house building is a key government objective. The housing target is calculated using national guidance. For North Somerset this means the Government is telling us we need to build around 1,369 homes a year. This is significantly more than is currently being constructed.

Making planning decisions is not easy, because, in the end, it often means telling some people that new development is going to be built in or next to their town or village. Claiming that we don’t need the housing or that it can go somewhere else is denying our responsibility to our children and future generations who need homes. Burying our heads in the sand or trying to employ delaying tactics will lead to significant problems in the very near future.

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