25,000 homes plan wins reluctant council support

PUBLISHED: 17:44 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:44 14 November 2017

Thousands more homes need to be built in North Somerset,

Thousands more homes need to be built in North Somerset,

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Plans for 25,000 North Somerset homes to be built over 20 years have today (Tuesday) moved a step closer to being introduced.

In the past few minutes, North Somerset Council’s executive committee has agreed to press ahead with the draft joint spatial plan (JSP) which outlines 105,000 homes should be built across the West of England by 2036.

Its leader Nigel Ashton said it is ‘probably our least worse option’.

The plan will go out to public consultation before being reviewed by the Government next year.

Of the 25,000 houses for North Somerset, space for about 14,000 has already been allocated within the council’s core strategy up until 2026.

However, the JSP includes for North Somerset plans for 1,000 in urban areas, such as Weston-super-Mare, 2,675 in a new village near Churchill and 1,900 in a similar development near Banwell.

The plan though says infrastructure, such as a Banwell bypass, would need to be delivered at the same time as new homes for it to work.

See Thursday’s Mercury for full details.

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