Consultation begins on proposed development of open spaces

10:04am - 13 April 2021
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North Somerset Council will be formally consulting this week on plans to change the use of two pieces of land from open spaces to sites for a school and housing.

Notices will be published in the North Somerset Times on Wednesday 14 and 21 April to notify residents and other interested parties of the council's intention to change the use of land it owns at Brookfield Walk, Clevedon and to the south of The Uplands, Nailsea. 

The council is authorised under the Local Government Act 1972 to consider a change of use (appropriation) of land owned by the authority. The appropriation process is separate from planning policy and application consultations and relates to the council’s legal duties as the landowner of these pieces of land. 

It is proposed through the appropriation process that the purpose of the land change from open space to allow the development of a school at the Brookfield Walk site and housing at The Uplands. 

Public responses to the proposals must be received by noon on Wednesday 5 May. The comments will then be used to inform a decision on whether to proceed with the appropriation which is expected to be made in late May or June.

The council must give fair and proper consideration to any responses made in order to determine whether the land is no longer required for its current purpose. During this process, the council is entitled to seek to strike the balance between comparative and potentially competing public interests.

Comment can be emailed to brookfield@n-somerset.gov.uk or uplands@n-somerset.gov.uk.