Infrastructure funding for M5-A38 Strategic Development Locations (SDLs) granted by government.
This funding includes the Banwell bypass and is dependent upon building 5000 new houses in the so-called 'Garden villages' of Churchill/Mendip Spring and Banwell.
Neither of these locations have been approved by any planning inspector. They were not even included in the Local Plan 2026.
This decision makes a complete mockery of the Independent Inspectorate and the Planning system.
The remote SDLs or so-called 'Garden Villages' of Churchill/Mendip Spring and Banwell were part of North Somerset’s contribution to the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) which was examined and rejected by Independent Inspectors in July this year.
The Inspectors' letter to North Somerset Council and the other 3 Local Authorities following the Public Examination, strongly pointed to the remote Strategic Development Locations as being completely inappropriate.
The locations of Churchill/Mendip Spring and Banwell remain unsustainable, unviable and completely contrary to North Somerset’s Climate Change Emergency commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030 and to put Climate Change at the heart of every decision they make.
There is overwhelming opposition to further development here. Churchill already has 300 new houses either recently built or in the pipeline - a 35% increase.
Lib Dems pledge on election: "We will oppose schemes that fail to protect existing communities from unnecessary, poorly serviced or unpopular development"
CALRAG has offered to work with and inform all councillors. Ignored by all except local wards.
CALRAG will continue to closely monitor the situation.
CALRAG is committed to good development which is
development in the right place
Inspectors' final letter recommends that the 4 Councils withdraw the JSP.
CALRAG attended all 8 days of the Public Examination in Bath. Click here to go to our dedicated page.
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