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12 January 2017
North Somerset Core Strategy: Adoption of consequential changes to Policies

Message from North Somerset Council Consultations

North Somerset Core Strategy: Adoption of consequential changes to Policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32, and CS33.

The consequential changes to Policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32 and CS33 of the North Somerset Core Strategy were adopted on 10 January 2017 and now form part of the development plan for North Somerset. 

The North Somerset Core Strategy was originally adopted in April 2012. Following a legal challenge, Policy CS13 (scale of new housing) was remitted by the court for reconsideration.  A revised version of Policy CS13 was re-adopted in September 2015.  At the same time the court remitted a number of other policies for further consideration on the basis that any change to Policy CS13 could have consequential changes for those policies. They are Policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32 and CS33. These policies relate to the settlement strategy and the approach to new development at Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead, service villages, infill villages and elsewhere.  Policies CS6 Green Belt and CS19 Strategic Gaps were also re-examined but no changes made.

The proposed consequential changes to the remaining remitted policies have been subject to examination by an independent inspector appointed by the Secretary of State and were re-adopted by North Somerset Council on 10 January 2017.

The following documents are available on the Council’s website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/corestrategy , or from the Council’s offices at Castlewood, Tickenham Road, Clevedon BS21 6BD; or The Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1TG:

  • North Somerset Core Strategy January 2017
  • Adoption Statement
  • Sustainability Appraisal
  • The Inspectors Report, 8 November 2016
  • Appendix to Inspectors Report: Schedule of Main Modifications

Period for challenge

Any person aggrieved by the adoption of the consequential changes to Policies CS6, CS14, CS19, CS28, CS30, CS31, CS32 and CS33 of the North Somerset Core Strategy may make an application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act on the grounds that:

  1. the North Somerset Core Strategy is not within the appropriate powers conferred by Part 2 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004;
  2. a procedural requirement of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 or its associated Regulations has not been complied with.

Any such application should be made promptly and in any event no later than the end of the six week challenge period, 21 February 2017. 

Further information and other matters relating to the North Somerset’s planning policies, is available on the Council’s website www.n-somerset.gov.uk/planningpolicy  or by contacting the Planning Policy Team on 01934 426775 or by email at planning.policy@n-somerset.gov.uk.

Michael Reep

Planning Policy Manager