Settlement Boundary Update

Posted on 23rd July, 2017


Parish Settlement BoundaryBleadon Settlement Boundary


There are only 13 Infill Villages with Settlement Boundaries identified in the whole of North Somerset as indicated in NSC Core Strategy (2017), CS33. Development in these villages, Bleadon included, "will be strictly controlled in order to protect the character of the rural area and prevent unsustainable development." 


The NSC Corporate Plan (2015-19) also states the "need to promote growth without compromising the things that we, and our millions of visitors, love about North Somerset: our beautiful countryside, stunning coast and distinctive towns and villages, each with their own unique character."


Although we have not received a response from Bleadon Parish Council (BPC) to our queries on this topic last year, Dec 2016,  their July 2017 minutes (Min 297.4i) state "..there is currently not a settlement boundary at this present time for Bleadon." Conversely, their comments to NSC regarding housing on Purn Way decided at the same meeting state "Bleadon is an Infill village and this development is outside the Settlement Boundary". So, what is BPC's approach to the Settlement Boundary? We have received responses from North Somerset implying the opposite and a response from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) regarding identifying Brownfield sites to use before green field sites. See Settlement Boundary Information


So what is BPC's approach to our Public Rights of Way which are affected by all three current applications in greenfield sites which are outside the Settlement Boundary?

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