The new Local Plan will shape how North Somerset grows and develops in the coming decades. It will guide housing, jobs and business investment, transport, community facilities and supporting infrastructure in the area until 2038.
The first stage of consultation in the development of the new plan begins today, Wednesday 22 July, and focuses on the challenges faced in North Somerset and the issues the new plan needs to address, such as the climate emergency and how to provide the right type and number of houses and create new communities.
Cllr James Tonkin, executive member for planning and transport, said: “I know that the idea of growth can be very worrying for people, but this is our opportunity to plan for new homes of the right type, at an affordable price, in the right places, to meet the needs of the people who live here now and in future.
“The new North Somerset Local Plan will shape investment and funding for the infrastructure which will support not only new homes, but also workplaces and community facilities for the next 15 years and beyond.
“There will be many other opportunities to get involved and have your say in future but the time to really influence the development of the new Local Plan for North Somerset is now.”
A full online consultation will run for the six-week period Wednesday 22 July to Wednesday 2 September 2020 at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/newlocalplan
The online consultation will be supported by regular questions across the council’s social media to spark discussion and encourage feedback. All replies made on council-run social media profiles will be analysed and added to the online consultation responses.
The responses received to this summer’s consultation will guide the next stage of creating the North Somerset Local Plan, which will focus on the choices around the location of future development.
To take part go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/newlocalplan and look out for updates on the council’s social media.