North Somerset Local Plan

Please find below the response submitted by BRA in response to the North Somerset Council consultation 

NSC Consultation 2nd September 2020

North Somerset Local Plan 2038 – 14th August 2020

In our bulletin of 23rd July, we drew your attention to the start of the process to create the North Somerset Local Plan 2038.

The North Somerset Council (NSC) Consultation document has 35 pages, but is written for general consumption without undue planning technicalities. The document may be viewed on:

On page 34 of this document there is a link to “Respond on-line”.

This opens up a new document which has 13 questions within the text. After answering the questions as they arise, the whole set can be submitted to NSC directly. There is also the option to email a reply, or use post.

On this occasion, we have decided we should not advise our members on how they should respond, as this consultation is focused on seeking each person’s individual views.

Backwell Parish Council Working Party Survey “The Future of Backwell”

(The survey has now closed)

Residents will have received a hard copy of this survey delivered to Backwell households this week. The questions on this survey have some overlap with the NSC questions above, but there are others which the Working party thinks will assist them in formulating a response from Backwell which reflects the views of residents, for future stages of this important but lengthy process.

Access to the on line survey is available via :

This also provides a link to “Background Document”, which is a helpful note of what NSC needs to do to produce the Local Plan.

 The Working Party has asked for your returns as soon as possible, but no later than Friday 28th Aug, to enable them to respond to NSC by Wednesday Sept 2nd, after analysing the survey responses.

We hope that as many BRA members, and their family and friends as possible will feel able to complete both surveys. The questions at this stage are concerned with broad concepts and “challenges”. Later consultations will address choices to be made against this background, but it is important our views and wishes are known to NSC from the start of this planning process.

NSC Planning Map

 The link below takes one to a very useful planning map of our area

Members may be interested to see the above map, provided by NSC, which BRA committee members find to be hugely valuable.

It covers the whole of North Somerset, but by moving the + button one can zoom into the Backwell area. The magic of the map is revealed by introducing features from the map legend on the left-hand side, by ticking the appropriate box – then unticking and choosing another feature. The following features are ones that we find most useful:

Green Belt – this has relevance to the consultation above.

Settlement and Town / Parish Boundaries.

Conservation Areas – The 3 areas in Backwell are clearly shown.

Tree Preservation Orders – including dates when granted by clicking on a particular tree.

It is also very useful at a high resolution for finding houses with only names, e.g. in Chelvey Batch.

We hope that many of you will find it as useful as we do.

Letter from BRA to North Somerset Council North Somerset local plan 2036: representations to issues and options paper 4th December 2018

Letter to NSC Re Local Plan Issues and Options Document 4th December 2018

9th July 2018

North Somerset Local Plan The first stage in the development of this Plan (which will run to 2036) has just emerged – an Issues and Options Document. It has some interesting, as well as some fairly alarming, proposals specifically about Backwell, and local transport proposals. It is part of a fairly long process, and there will be opportunities for consultation and comment in Summer 2019.

This document can be read online now:

It will need to be consistent with the JSP for our region, and the current version includes the 700 houses on Grove Farm. The Local Plan (page 39) in Section 4.3 ‘Backwell Garden Village’ states:

Consultation responses on the JSP and ‘generating ideas’ were extremely critical of the proposed development location. Many of the strategic issues including the principle of development in this location will be addressed through the JSP examination.

On Page 26 in the section on Nailsea and Backwell Transport Schemes, it states:

The first phase proposes focusing on developing Nailsea & Backwell railway station as a transport hub with cycle & pedestrian links from the strategic development locations and MetroBus services from the station to join the existing MetroBus infrastructure at Long Ashton Park & Ride. The first phase also proposes a new highway link from the railway station to the A370 near Farleigh. This link offers congestion relief to Backwell Crossroads.

We understand that the new ‘highway link’ would join the A370 opposite Stancombe Lane, which leads to Stancombe Quarry, on the edge of Flax Bourton.

NB – This document is not yet ready for consultation, but it emphasises the need for us all to be alert to future possibilities and to respond when given the opportunity.


Please see the Future of Backwell for the letter of the 5th December 2017 was sent to the whole village on behalf of Backwell Parish Council, BRA and Backwell Resistance

Also see the latest BRA bulletin of the 21st November 2017 on Other Info

The new North Somerset Local Plan 2036 will set out the detailed planning and proposals for North Somerset and can be viewed at

The North Somerset Local Plan covers all of North Somerset, and the above website includes a Backwell questionnaire asking for comments on the plan, though much of it at this stage is “indicative”, particularly new roads. We are concerned that the North Somerset Local Plan is designed to relate to the 700 houses at Grove Farm in the regional Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), but no mention is made of the Backwell Neighbourhood Plan, which proposed only modest developments, within the village boundary, up to 2026. Nothing was allocated to Grove Farm.

The new NSC Local Plan would mean the demise of the current NSC Core Strategy, and would render the Backwell Neighbourhood Plan obsolete.

A NSC “drop-in” event was held at Backwell Parish Hall on Thursday 30th November 2017. There was a static display of information with NSC planning officers on hand to answer questions.

The North Somerset Display Panels Nov 17 were on display at the drop in event and the Nailsea Backwell Map shows the proposed areas of development and infrastructure.

The leaflet Generating Ideas – November 17 was also available at the event which has been scanned in order for it to be added to the website.

The final date for comments on the Joint Spatial Plan and the North Somerset Local Plan was Wednesday 10th Jan 2018. BRA gave guidance on points that could be made the bulletin on the 19th December which can be found on Other Info.