As we earlier advised North Somerset Council are creating a new Local Plan. The Local Plan will guide housing, jobs and business investment, transport, community facilities and supporting infrastructure in the area until 2038.
This first stage of Local Plan consultation focuses on the challenges NSC believe we face in North Somerset and the issues the plan needs to address. The online consultation will run until Wednesday 2 September 2020 at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/newlocalplan
WE WOULD LIKE TO RE-INSTATE TICKENHAM’S SETTLEMENT BOUNDARY………BUT WHERE SHOULD THE LINE BE DRAWN?
People ask why Tickenham doesn’t have a Neighbourhood Plan. When we consulted North Somerset Council about this, they recommended that the better option would be to re-instate and review the settlement boundary. That way, any potentially suitable sites for development could be identified – but they would have to constitute limited infilling, particularly as the whole of Tickenham is within the Green Belt.
We were advised by North Somerset Council to omit the following (it may help you to understand our thinking):
Properties that are separated from the main developed area by a significant gap;
Grounds to properties other than immediate gardens, such as orchards, paddocks etc;
Playing fields and other open spaces on the edge of the built-up area;
Properties of significantly different character from the nearest main developed area;
Uses such as equestrian, sports, treatment works etc.
We looked at the old (and no longer in existence) settlement boundary and found there were many anomalies. Why was that property inside and that one outside? It just wasn’t logical!
Despite the above guidance, we noticed that some villages do include groups of properties away from the main developed area, so why not include the significant number of properties in the Stone Edge Batch/Tickenham Hill area?
After much discussion a plan has been put together which we hope addresses some of the issues. However, the Parish Council cannot re-introduce the settlement boundary – it will need to be submitted to North Somerset Council for consideration.
How you can help
You are invited and encouraged to comment. Please download the plans (click on the button below) and send any comments or suggestions to John Banks, Parish Council Chairman, by 31st August 2020: or ‘phone him on 07778 519983
Your views as residents of Tickenham are important and will be considered seriously.
Following recent questions, it is apparent that further information may be helpful to those looking at the plans:
A Settlement Boundary defines the built limits of a settlement and differentiates between what is the built form of a settlement where the principle of development is usually acceptable and the countryside where development is strictly controlled.
All of the parish of Tickenham is within the Green Belt. Other settlements, such as Long Ashton, which has a Settlement Boundary, are surrounded by the Green Belt, but the land inside the Long Ashton Settlement Boundary is not Green Belt. It is Tickenham Parish Council’s wish that all of Tickenham, both inside and outside the Settlement Boundary, remains in Green Belt.
The red line is the proposed Settlement Boundary and the area inside this boundary has been coloured a slightly opaque orange or red, depending on your colour perception, so that details underneath can be seen.
The large letters (A – I) in yellow squares have no meaning other than to assist those looking at the larger scale plans to reference the same point on an adjoining plan.