It is noted that the land to the South West of Nailsea has not been classified under the Post 1988 Agricultural Land Classification, but as much of the area either side has been classified as Grade 2 or Grade 3a, there would be a reasonable argument to say that the proposed development area is likely to be considered to meet the NPPF definition of the “best and most versatile agricultural land”. This could be a controversial ruling if it goes against the local councils.
About the NPPF – LINK HERE
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP
Minister for Planning
Extract from NPPF intro:
‘So sustainable development is about positive growth – making economic, environmental and social progress for this and future generations. The planning system is about helping to make this happen. Development that is sustainable should go ahead, without delay – a presumption in favour of sustainable development that is the basis for every plan, and every decision. This framework sets out clearly what could make a proposed plan or development unsustainable. In order to fulfil its purpose of helping achieve sustainable development, planning must not simply be about scrutiny. Planning must be a creative exercise in finding ways to enhance and improve the places in which we live our lives. This should be a collective enterprise. Yet, in recent years, planning has tended to exclude, rather than to include, people and communities. In part, this has been a result of targets being imposed, and decisions taken, by bodies remote from them. Dismantling the unaccountable regional apparatus and introducing neighbourhood planning addresses this. In part, people have been put off from getting involved because planning policy itself has become so elaborate and forbidding – the preserve of specialists, rather than people in communities. This National Planning Policy Framework changes that. By replacing over a thousand pages of national policy with around fifty, written simply and clearly, we are allowing people and communities back into planning.’