Join the conversation on North Somerset’s future

1:22pm - 02 November 2020

North Somerset residents are being urged to have their say on how the area will grow and develop over the coming decades.

North Somerset Council is in the process of developing a new Local Plan for the area and the next stage of consultation launches today, Monday 2 November.

The new plan will identify where development can and cannot take place in North Somerset and guide investment and funding for new housing, jobs, transport and community facilities until 2038.

Work on developing the new North Somerset Local Plan started this summer with the first round of consultation, which investigated the challenges and issues the new plan needs to address. 

Over 3400 comments were received for the “Challenges for the Future” consultation, and this feedback has been used to prepare for the next stage of consultation, which focuses on the strategic choices around the location of future development in North Somerset.

Cllr James Tonkin, executive member for planning, said: “Central government decides the number of new homes that must be built in an area. Their housing target for North Somerset is currently 20,475 new homes over the next 15 years. 

“It will be a significant challenge to deliver this number of homes in North Somerset as there are so many constraints such as flood zones, the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Green Belt, which all limit the amount of land available for housing.

“Without a Local Plan, we could end up with unplanned growth in places with no supporting facilities. 

“There are undoubtedly some very difficult choices to be made which is why we want to make sure everyone in North Somerset has the opportunity to have their say before any decisions are made.”

The new six-week “Choices for the Future” consultation launches on Monday 2 November and will ask people to consider four broad approaches to how new houses, jobs and community facilities could be located in North Somerset over the next 15 years.

The four alternative approaches focus on the areas which the council believes best reflect the priorities identified in the responses to this summer’s consultation. No specific development sites have been identified yet and this consultation will be used to inform that process.

To join the conversation and take part in “Choices for the Future”, go www.n-somerset.gov.uk/newlocalplan.