Thousands of new homes for North Somerset
A PLANNING blueprint showing where thousands of new homes could be built across North Somerset has been published.
North Somerset Council has drawn up it draft sites and policies development plan (DPD) document detailing areas where new homes could be built up until 2026.
The plan also details areas where new business and employment opportunities could be created.
The new plan, once adopted, with the authority's "core strategy document", will form the new local plan for the district.
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The council identified the need for 14,000 new homes in North Somerset by 2026, with 3,458 allocated to Weston's urban area and a further 5,500 in Weston Villages. A further 3,717 new homes are allocated for Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead while a further 805 will be built in smaller villages.
A total of 522 homes will be built in other settlements and in the countryside.
So far 5,456 homes have been built, leaving 8,535 more to be added by 2026. The blueprint proposes sites with a capacity of 9,786 homes – an oversupply of 1,251 above the requirement.
In Nailsea the plan says 459 new homes are needed as well as 1.5 hectares of employment on land in the northwest of the town.
In Portishead the town centre boundary has been reviewed and extended to include the site for a new Sainsbury's store at Serbert Road.
The area now includes the Old Mill Road industrial area and it is hoped this area will be regenerated with a mix of shops, tourist, leisure, employment and residential uses.
The plan safeguards the potential Portishead railway station sites at Harbour Road, Quays Avenue and a site north of Moor Farm.
In Weston-super-Mare the plan is proposing the development of the former contaminated tip south at Herluin Way, with the development of up to 600 new homes, employment space and a new food store. The gas works at Herluin Way has been earmarked for up to 200 homes and there are plans to create an out-of-town retail park as part of the Weston Package highway improvements.
Council bosses would like to see new shopping areas in the St James Street area to encourage footfall between the seafront and the High Street and connect redevelopment of Dolphin Square to the tow centre.
The council is supporting redevelopment proposals to secure the future of Birnbeck Pier and the surrounding area.
The plan allocates land at Yatton Railway Station for more homes and employment space – subject to the 200 parking spaces at the station being protected.
Bleadon Quarry has been earmarked for homes, employment and community use along with Woodborough Farm, Winscombe, which has been allocated for 100 homes plus 1.5 hectares of employment-use land.
The council has earmarked two areas of wasteland off Winterstoke Road in Weston as potential traveller and gypsy camps.
In a report to the executive it said: "It is necessary to demonstrate a strong and steady supply of housing otherwise there will be pressure for major land releases, potentially including green belt."
North Somerset's executive has already approved the draft development plan which will go out to consultation in February and March.
Council spokesman Nick Yates said: "The plan is only in the draft stages and there will be an opportunity for people to air their views."
A revised document will be presented to the council in the autumn.