West of England Joint Spatial Plan

West of England Joint Spatial Plan: Publication - November 2017


Land to the north west of Banwell is shown indicatively on the Key Diagram as the broad location to accommodate a new Garden Village. The key strategic principles and infrastructure requirements are as follows:

  • Delivery of a new garden village to the north west of Banwell with its own character and sense of identity, whilst demonstrating sensitivity to the existing context for around 1900 dwellings including affordable housing.
  • Creation of a new local centre to provide a focal point for the new community with an appropriate range of small-scale retail, services and facilities to complement existing facilities in Banwell.
  • Potential for higher density at the local centre and other accessible locations.
  • Creation of new footpath and cycleways connecting the garden village to Banwell, Weston-super-Mare and the nearby Weston Villages.
  • Delivery of bus service improvements to Weston-super-Mare and Bristol including potential for MetroBus.
  • Development will not commence until the construction of the Banwell Bypass is delivered as part of the M5 to A38 highway improvements with connection to a new M5 Junction 21a at a location to be confirmed, and onward connection to the Sandford/Churchill Bypass. Opportunities to phase delivery of the highway improvements in step with parts of the development may be explored particularly where delivery of infrastructure is directly within the land controlled by the developer. Development must not prejudice the delivery of future improvements to M5, including the construction of the new M5 junction.
  • Local network and junction improvements including widening of Wolvershill Road.
  • Provision of two primary schools one of at least 2.4ha and the other 3.4ha to be located to maximise safe accessibility from surrounding communities by walking and cycling. Provision for a new secondary school to serve the Banwell and Churchill SDL should be made with location to be confirmed through the local plan.
  • Strategic approach to the assessment, safeguarding and enhancement of greater and lesser horseshoe bat habitat including investigation of the potential to create a 'dark corridor' link through the development from open countryside around Stonebridge towards the Grumplepill Rhyne corridor.
  • Development should avoid the flood plain and demonstrate reduced run-off rates including through the use of attenuation ponds and other features as appropriate. Additional land may be required off-site to facilitate long term water storage as part of a sustainable drainage strategy.
  • Identification of around 5ha of employment land primarily for B8 use class with good access to the M5 and new strategic transport infrastructure.
  • As part of the approach to securing a multi-functional and interconnected green infrastructure, investigate the opportunity for an open setting along the northern edge of the existing village including potential for a nature reserve or other uses, with links out to open countryside to the east.
  • Implementation of environmental improvements to the centre of Banwell following construction of the Bypass.
  • Safeguarding of the setting of Banwell Conservation Area and protection and enhancement of the settings of listed heritage assets located both within and outside the historic core.
  • Recognition that there are areas of high potential for archaeology which may require appropriate mitigation, particularly around Stonebridge and Wolvershill, and also between East Street and Riverside.
  • Development form, and layout to respect the sensitivity of the location close to the Mendip Hills AONB.