What is your view on plans for tens of thousands of homes?

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 September 2018

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A chance to shape major housing, employment and infrastructure developments is in the hands of the people, according to North Somerset Council, as it seeks public opinion on plans for tens of thousands of homes.

The authority is developing its local plan, which will decide where housing, employment and infrastructure developments will take place until 2036.

The plan will link in with the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which has earmarked North Somerset for 25,000 homes including a pair of ‘garden villages’ near Banwell and Churchill of 1,900 and 2,700 houses respectively.

The JSP – which is currently under review by the Government – will provide the broad planning framework for the next two decades, while the local plan will be a more specific blueprint for the district’s future.

After hosting initial consultations last year, the council has published an Issues and Options document – which details the challenges it faces in reaching its development targets – and the authority is seeking public opinion in a consultation which will be open until December 10.

A spokesman said: “While the JSP will provide the overall planning context across the West of England region, detailed proposals for North Somerset will be brought forward in a new local plan.

“This will set out policies to shape future development, helping to guide decisions on future planning applications, as well as allocating sites for housing, jobs, schools and other services and infrastructure to meet North Somerset’s needs up to 2036.”

But Churchill and Langford Residents’ Action Group, which holds concerns over the garden village plans, believes the consultation is flawed with the JSP yet to be approved by the Government.

A spokesman said: “This latest consultation prejudges the decisions of the independent inspector on the Churchill location in the JSP and presumes it will be approved.

“No-one can predict the outcome. How can people shape something which may never happen?

“Furthermore, there are vital reports which are not yet available, for example a transport study.”

To view the document and take part in the consultation, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/localplan2036

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