Two new villages for Weston?

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 November 2010

North Somerset Council is proposing to build two new villages in Weston

North Somerset Council is proposing to build two new villages in Weston

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TWO purpose-made villages could be built on derelict land in Weston by 2026.

The developments, which would include up to 6,000 new homes, could be built on the former Weston Airfield and RAF Locking sites off Winterstoke Road and Parklands, respectively.

North Somerset Council is now seeking people’s views on the proposals, but promises each new village would have its own ‘character and sense of identity’, and would be built within the next 15 years.

These proposals have been drawn up in response to the Government allowing local councils to decide on their own level of housing growth.

Three main changes are being proposed to the draft core strategy, a council document which outlines the size and location of developments in the area up to 2026.

As part of this, the council has also announced there could be 13,000 fewer homes built in the district by 2026 than first planned.

Originally the ‘regional’ blueprint showed 26,750 homes to be built in North Somerset over the next 15 years.

This figure has now shrunk to 13,400 – with nearly half of that allocation earmarked to be built in Weston if the two village developments were given the green light.

The authority says this decrease would allow it to plan for housing and employment needs across the district without damaging the environment and losing Green Belt land.

Another proposed change is to allow some villages to keep their settlement boundaries while permitting a small amount of new homes to be built within these borders when the need arises.

NSC’s deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees said: “We would ask as many people as possible to have their say on these proposed key changes which will help inform the next stage of the core strategy and ensure that the council’s planning policies continue to reflect the future needs of North Somerset communities. These seek to balance jobs, houses and local environmental constraints, so please have your say.”

The public consultation runs until November 22, and more information can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk or at Weston’s Town Hall.

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