North Somerset Council needs to produce a new Local Plan as the existing document expires in 2023. Attempts by the previous administration on the council to agree a Joint Spatial Plan with other West of England authorities collapsed last year due to problems with the details that were highlighted by planning inspectors.
Local Plans are about the big strategic decisions on planning for the future of communities over a 15-year landscape. They also spell out how housing development is to be achieved and where and help prevent a ‘free-for-all’ by housing developers that would occur if there was no Local Plan.
The government has imposed a target on North Somerset of building an extra 15,500 houses in the period 2023-38 over and above the current commitments of 5,035 houses - so an extra 20,535 houses in total.
Clevedon Councillors are calling for views of local residents on the Clevedon Central development proposals. The developer has begun a consultation on plans to develop a mixed-use scheme for land between Great Western Road and Queen’s Square in Clevedon has begun - with people being asked to share their views, both online and by emailing their local councillors.
The Government has announced additional help for people whose household income has been affected due to coronavirus.
Cllr Ash Cartman, North Somerset Council’s executive member for finance, said: “There is lots of financial help available to assist people through these unprecedented times. I would like to reiterate the message around paying council tax – we would ask all those who are able to continue to pay their monthly instalments to do so as council tax provides a significant proportion of the council’s revenue and enables us to run important local services, many of which are under pressure during this difficult period.”
North Somerset Council has today agreed a temporary increase to adult care provider fees to help them deal with the increased costs associated with COVID-19. The Liberal Democrat Group welcome the increases which will be backdated to 6 April and remain in place until 31 May. The Council will review whether further payments are needed next month
All care home placements made by North Somerset Council will benefit from a flat-rate increase of £100 per week and home care payment rates will increase by £1 an hour.