Good development is development in the right place

Suggested solutions

Based on the principles outlined below and wishing to work with North Somerset Council, CALRAG team's paper 'An Alternative Solution - A Different Perspective'  has been sent to all North Somerset and Churchill Councillors and Local MPs.  

The proposal looks at the housing issues to 2036 from a positive perspective and has the potential to bring a greater prosperity and quality of life whilst respecting our environment in North Somerset. This would be achieved through growth in highly skilled employment in strategic locations and an advanced, sustainable and flexible public transport system.  Together these ideas could transform North Somerset into a highly desirable and prosperous place to live and work.

Housing

There are alternatives:  

  • There are other sites that have come forward which are far more viable, deliverable and importantly, sustainable in terms of existing transport infrastructure, access to employment and environmental impact.  

  • There is a proposal to build up to 4,500 houses on a 305 hectare site between the A370 bypass and the Barrow tanks adjacent to the new South Bristol Link Road in North Somerset.  

    • This area would provide the infrastructure and jobs, local buses, the new Metrobus and the reopening of Long Ashton station with easy access to jobs and entertainment.  
    • It could bring in an estimated £5.4million per year in Council Tax if the scheme went ahead.
    • The roads are already built.  The infrastructure is in place.  Housebuilding can commence.
    • The site sits between the A38 and A370 and the New South Bristol Link Road with a dedicated MetroBus lane. 
    • £600million saving by not building new roads across North Somerset.
    • This area is classified as Green Belt (see Green Belt section and map below) despite industrial units and the new South Bristol Link Road having been built on this very land.  North Somerset prefers to urbanise rural North Somerset rather than build on poor quality green belt.​
  • Weston-S-Mare
    • Weston Town Centre - there is a great deal of potential capacity for creating good-looking 5 or 6 storey mansion blocks, terraces or mews housing (rather than high-rise towers​ in both Weston and Bristol to match those which already exist in areas such as Clifton and Bath.  Build up, not out.

Transport:

  • There is a dire need for better public transport links between Bristol Airport and Bristol and to reduce increasing problems with congestion through rural villages to the south and west of the airport .

    • This should be built north of Bristol Airport to minimise travelling times and to support the business economy.

    • Minimise the effect on the environment from increased travel.

Green Belt​

  • Reallocation of Green Belt land is possible.  

    • North Somerset could reallocate the Green Belt land south of Bristol to the Northern edge of the Mendip Hills and west to the M5 AONB.  

    • It is our understanding that 60% of North Somerset is covered by Green Belt land.  Less than 2% of this would need to be reallocated to save our villages.  The new South Bristol ring road already runs through that 2%.  
      The green hatched area on the map below shows green belt in North Somerset.
      Opportunistic development pressure on villages like Congresbury, Churchill, Yatton and Sandford would then be relieved with a permanently higher level of protection in place.  

    • South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset have chosen to build on Green Belt around Bristol.

    • Green Belt land was created in 1947 when the UK population was 49,520,000.  The population in 2016 was 65,648,000 and increase of 16,128,000.  The Green Belt land in question is of questionable quality compared with most.  We ask why North Somerset Council prefer to urbanised the countryside whilst the jobs and infrastructure exists in Bristol?