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

Local Plan 2038: Challenges for the Future

What should the priorities be?

The Local Plan needs to consider how all the challenges we have identified can set our priorities. These priorities will help shape the next stage of the Local Plan which will consider options as to where the growth proposed might take place. We’d like your opinion on ten suggested priorities for North Somerset:

What does sustainable development mean for the Local Plan?

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1. To deliver the zero-carbon ambition by maximising, for example, the opportunities for low carbon development and the use of renewable energy.

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2. To prioritise the location of new development close to places with a wide range of services, facilities and job opportunities to encourage walking and cycling, or with easy access to high-quality and effective public transport.

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3. To deliver a diverse range of housing in a variety of tenures, sizes and forms to meet future needs at locations where they are most needed.

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4. To deliver essential new strategic transport infrastructure to support regeneration and job creation and significantly reduce out-commuting, particularly from Weston-super-Mare to Bristol.

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5. To increase the number and range of job opportunities at Weston-super Mare and in the north of the district.

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6. To prioritise the importance of the green infrastructure network when considering new development, support priority habitats and species and safeguard areas at risk of flooding.

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7. To provide essential infrastructure in step with development, both transport and community infrastructure such as schools.

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8. To deliver higher residential densities through good design, particularly at town centres and transport hubs.

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9. To address the decline in the town centres of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead through supporting regeneration and place-making initiatives which revitalise these places as the focus for retailing, community uses, housing and jobs.

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10. Developing new and existing communities in a way which enhances health and wellbeing, reduces inequalities and is child and family friendly.

QUESTION 13: Have we identified the right priorities and are there any missing, which do you think are the most important and why?