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Have your say on the future development of North Somerset

17th March 2022

Businesses and employers are being asked to have their say on how the area will grow and develop over the next 15 years.

North Somerset Council is consulting on a new draft Local Plan and people have until 5pm on Friday 29 April to give their views.

The new Local Plan Preferred Options document identifies where development can and cannot take place in North Somerset and guides investment and funding for new housing, jobs, transport and community facilities until 2038.

It also aims to provide a clear framework for future employment sites including:

  • The identification of 70 hectares of employment land to provide a range and choice of opportunities for businesses
  • Most new employment development to be located in or close to the towns in order to be close to the labour force and with good access to services and facilities
  • New infrastructure investment, particularly transport infrastructure that will support new business growth
  • Around 30 hectares of new employment land to be identified at the new strategic locations including Wolvershill (north of Banwell) and Yanley Lane (Woodspring Golf Course)
  • Support for major employers and rural businesses
  • Support for town centre regeneration, particularly encouraging new uses
  • Encourage development of visitor attractions and accommodation.

The council is holding a range of events across the district during the consultation period where people can find out more about all aspects of the Local Plan.

Visit one of the drop in sessions to talk to officers about how the local plan process will shape the future development of North Somerset up to 2038.

  • Thursday 17 March from 3 to 7pm at Hangstones Pavilion, Yatton 
  • Thursday 24 March from 3 to 7pm at Churchill Methodist Church Hall
  • Tuesday 29 March from 3 to 7pm at St James Church Centre, Winscombe
  • Friday 1 April from 3 to 7pm at Tithe Barn, Nailsea
  • Thursday 7 April from 3 to 7pm at Portishead Library

Two question and answer sessions are also being held as part of the local plan process. Places are limited by the capacity of the hall so early attendance is advised. These sessions will be led by the local councillors.

  • Tuesday 22 March from 7.30 to 9pm at Backwell Village Hall
  • Thursday 31 March from 7 to 9pm at Long Ashton Community Centre

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