West of England Joint Spatial Plan

West of England Joint Spatial Plan: Publication - November 2017


The area of search for development to the north west of Churchill and Langford 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 Langford with its own character and sense of identity for around 2675 dwellings including affordable housing. An additional 125 dwellings are estimated beyond 2036.
  • An interconnected and multi-functional network of green infrastructure will be established, including the provision of an appropriate strategic (open space) gap between Churchill Garden Village and existing settlements.
  • 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.
  • Protection and enhancement of local heritage assets and their settings, including Churchill Court unregistered park and garden and listed buildings at Churchill Green and Front Street.
  • Creation of a new local centre to provide the heart of the new community with a range of retail, employment, services and facilities.
  • Potential for higher densities at the local centre and other accessible locations, and reduced densities on the fringes of the development to provide a soft edge and setting for the new community.
  • Creation of new footpath and cycleways linking the new community with existing settlements and facilities including access to the Strawberry Line.
  • Package of highway schemes including a new M5 junction, Banwell Bypass, Sandford/Churchill Bypass and capacity improvements to A38/A368 junction. Bus service improvements to Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, including the potential for Metrobus.
  • Provision of three primary schools of at least 2.4ha each to be located to maximise safe access from surrounding communities by walking and cycling.
  • Strategic approach to the assessment, safeguarding and enhancement of greater and lesser horseshoe bat habitat.  Investigation and implementation of a green corridor through development linking from open countryside to the west to Windmill Hill to areas south of Langford and beyond to the Langford Brook.
  • Identification of around 7.4ha of employment land. Employment land to be located in close proximity to new highway link and will provide business opportunities in the B Use Class.
  • Development form, and layout to respect the sensitivity of the location close to the Mendip Hills AONB.
  • Windmill Hill to be retained as a focal green feature for ecological, recreational and landscape value. It also has archaeological significance as a location for the remains of Iron Age settlement.