HJA is supporting the University of Bristol as it promotes land at Long Ashton for residential development. The site is currently designated as green belt but is sustainably located to meet the residential needs of the area.
The North Somerset Core strategy proposed substantially insufficient provision for future residential development to meet the demographic and economic needs of the area. HJA submitted analysis to demonstrate the weaknesses in the Council’s evidence base. This was used to support a successful high court challenge opposing the adoption of the core strategy.
HJA prepared further evidence and appeared on behalf of the University of Bristol at the re-examination of housing policies. In particular HJA prepared evidence to ensure an appropriate level of housing provision to meet future needs. The Inspector agreed with the arguments of HJA that the Council had substantially under provided housing within its revised policies.
HJA is continuing to work with the University of Bristol and its advisors as North Somerset Council reconsiders its housing policies within the Core Strategy yet again.