Court House Farm

THE GREENBELT

Includes Courthouse Farm and land either side of the A369 that provides the last buffer between Royal Portbury Dock and the two parishes of Easton-in-Gordano and Portbury.

THE LOCAL PLAN?

A draft version of the Replacement Local Plan (RLP) was the subject of an Inquiry in Public in August 2005. The version of the plan that was considered at that Inquiry proposed both the retention of the Courthouse Farm and adjoining land in the established Green Belt, and the redesignation of the land at Shipway Farm into the Green Belt, the latter being a matter that had been presaged by the previous Avon County Structure Plan, with only the precise boundaries being a matter for the RLP

______________________________________________Letter to Liam Fox MP

FROM: EASTON-IN-GORDANO & PORTBURY PARISH COUNCILS

TO: Right Hon. Liam Fox M.P., House of Commons London SW1A 0AA

7th December 2006

Dear Dr Fox

North Somerset Replacement Local Plan:  Green Belt at Courthouse Farm and adjoining land in the parishes of Easton-in-Gordano and Portbury

As you are aware, the process for adopting the North Somerset Replacement Local Plan (RLP) is in its final stages.  Easton-in-Gordano and Portbury Parish Councils had very serious concerns that the plan would include the removal from the Green Belt of an area, including Courthouse Farm and land either side of the A369 that provides the last buffer between Royal Portbury Dock and the two parishes.

 As was feared, North Somerset Council (NSC) has moved to adopt a version of the Replacement Plan that includes this Green Belt deletion as far as the land within the parish ofEaston-in-Gordano is concerned. We understand that a proposal to retain Green Belt status for the part within the parish of Portbury is to be included in one final round of consultation, although the officer recommendation to delete the whole area from the Green Belt will still stand. Following this final consultation it is anticipated the RLP will be formally and finally adopted early in the New Year. Assuming that the final adopted plan will still include the deletion of some if not all of the land referred to from the Green Belt, we intend to write to the Secretary Of State via the Government Office of the South West to ask her to enable this aspect of the plan to be rejected, and would welcome your support.

The Councils feel that it may prove helpful to you to have an overview of the development of the situation, which now follows.

1)     In 2003 there was an Inquiry in Public into the Royal Portbury Dock’s appeal against North Somerset Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for the development for dock-related purposes of land at Shipway Farm, which land was then designated as land that was to be treated as if it were Green Belt.  Following the recommendation of the Inquiry Inspector, the then Secretary of State agreed all of the Inspector’s findings as to need and harm and rejected the appeal.  In particular, the Inspector found that the RPD had failed either to demonstrate a need for further development land or to achieve an appropriately intensive and efficient use of the existing port area.

2)     A draft version of the RLP was the subject of an Inquiry in Public in August 2005.  The version of the plan that was considered at that Inquiry proposed both the retention of the Courthouse Farm and adjoining land in the established Green Belt, and the redesignation of the land at Shipway Farm into the Green Belt, the latter being a matter that had been presaged by the previous Avon County Structure Plan, with only the precise boundaries being a matter for the RLP.

3)     The Parish Councils were therefore both surprised and outraged when, without prior public warning, North Somerset Council introduced at the RLP Inquiry a proposed new RLP Policy E/5a, together with associated material.  This new policy in essence suggested that, should a need for further development land by the RPD be demonstrated, it would be preferable for it to be taken from the land at, and adjoining, Courthouse Farm land, rather than that at Shipway Farm.

4)     At this stage the Councils made strenuous representations to the Inquiry and to NSC objecting both to the policy change, and the manner of its introduction.  Documents A and B are copies of letters from the Chairs of the Parish Councils[1] and their planning representative[2] to NSC and the Inspector respectively.  Of the objections raised that that stage, the following are of most significance:

Ø           The absence of any indication, prior to the Inquiry, or in the modified draft deposit local plan, of a change in NSC’s approach to the issue, thus precluding the opportunity to make formal representations of objection to the Inspector at the Inquiry.  The new approach was therefore not subject to any formal public consideration, in conflict with the process of RLP adoption laid down by PPG 12.

Ø           The lack of any material evidence which would change the conclusions reached by the Inspector in relation to the profligacy of the present land use after the 2003 Shipway farm Inquiry referred to above.

Ø           The Parish Councils contend that port development of Courthouse Farm, directly adjacent and linked to Easton-in-Gordano village, clearly would be detrimental to the community’s environment and local traffic conditions. Similarly development of the area proposed for deletion alongside the A369 would adversely affect the amenities and environment of local communities and seriously harm the green approach to Portishead.

These issues were pursued by the Parish Councils with NSC during the autumn of 2005, but without any conclusion that was satisfactory to them.

5)      Despite these representations, the Inspector duly recommended that the new Policy E5/a should be incorporated into the RLP.

6)      Extensive representations were made to NSC in the early summer of 2006, both by the Parish Councils and by the general public.  A petition with about 900 signatures was handed in, and NSC received a large number of letters objecting to the policy change.  Documents C and D are copies of the text of the petition, and of the Parish Councils’ press release about the matter.  Document E is a further letter[3] from the two Parish Councils to NSC about both the process and content concerned.

7)      A revised draft RLP was then published for consultation by NSC.  Document F[4] provides our objections to Policy E5/a.

NSC now appears ready to adopt a version of the RLP including the deletion from the Green Belt of at least part of the land referred to above, and for it to be designated for dock use at some future date. The Parish Councils believe this is contrary to the present thrust of government policy to empower local communities to a greater degree, particularly since the recently published Easton-in-Gordano Parish Plan, following a detailed community consultation, revealed 81% of the community strongly supporting the retention of the present Green Belt boundaries. NSC having continued to disregard our objections to the change relating to Courthouse Farm and the adjoining land we understand that the two alternatives are:-

1.      for any party to mount a legal challenge to the Plan when it is finally adopted;

2.      for the Secretary of State (with responsibility delegated to the Government Office of the South West) to “direct” North Somerset to amend the Local Plan.

It is the second of these that we are asking to be undertaken, and for which we are asking for your support.

In the meantime, we should be pleased to meet with you in order to clarify any matters that require it or deal with any questions you need to have answered.

Yours sincerely

Julie Smart

Clerk of Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council

(on behalf of Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council and Portbury Parish Council)

[1] Dated 25 August 2005 to Mr G Turner

[2] Dated 25 August 2005 to Mr M Lee

[3] Letter of 31 May to Councillor J Crockford-Hawley

[4] Submission of July 2006

______________________________________________Letter to North Somerset Council

FROM: EASTON-IN-GORDANO PARISH COUNCIL

12th January 2007

TO: David Turner, Director, Development and Environment, North Somerset Council, Somerset House, Oxford Street, WESTON-SUPER-MARE, North Somerset, BS23 1TG

Dear Mr Turner

NORTH SOMERSET REPLACEMENT LOCAL PLAN:

FURTHER PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS

With reference to the letter dated 11 December 2006 from the Principal Planning Officer, I am writing with the response of the above Parish Council to the further proposed modifications.

We understand that:-

1.      the Officers’ view that an area of land within the parishes of Easton-in-Gordano and Portbury be deleted from the Green Belt for future Port use, as recommended by the Inspector, still stands;

2.      an amendment was passed at the November Council meeting to retain Green Belt status for that part of the area within the parish of Portbury;

3.      a further amendment to retain Green Belt status for that part of the area within the parish of Easton-in-Gordano was not passed;

4.      therefore the result, should these proposed modifications be ratified, would be the loss of Green Belt status applying only to the land within the Parish of Easton-in-Gordano.

This Parish Council, together with Portbury Parish Council, has already made a substantial case in several previous letters, including those dated 25th August 2005, 20th February 2006 and 31st May 2006, for the retention of Green Belt status for the whole of the area in question. As requested in your letter of 11th December the detailed objections contained in this previous correspondence will not be repeated here, although they of course still apply. We would, however, continue to stress very strongly that the Public Inquiry held in 2003 dealt comprehensively with the Bristol Port Company’s claim of a need for more land and decided that this need had not been proven. This decision, and the reasoning, was supported by both appropriate Secretaries of State, who found that “long term storage of motor vehicles is not an efficient use of Port land”.

Our further objections are as follows:-

  • Easton-in-Gordano is the parish closest to the main area of activity of the Bristol Port Company, and has, since the opening of the Royal Portbury Dock, already suffered from a huge amount of encroachment, resulting in major adverse effects on the environment;
  • The effect of the proposals would be to single out this parish for further damaging encroachment and further deterioration of the local environment;
  • at a public meeting several years ago, prior to the establishment of the coal tip at the Royal Portbury Dock, attended by a large number of residents of the Parish, Mr Terence Mordaunt of the Bristol Port Company gave a public assurance that, once the coal tip was established, there would be no further encroachment by the Port on to land within the parish of Easton-in-Gordano. The protection of the piece of land in question for future Port use would represent a contradiction of this publicly given assurance.

We are aware that it has been pointed out on behalf of North Somerset Council that land between the Port and Portishead is now recommended for inclusion in the Green Belt, but this in no way benefits Easton-in-Gordano and cannot be used as any justification for a further damaging effect on this parish.

The Government is apparently keen to give local communities more opportunity to participate in planning processes and to ensure that local planning policy is underpinned by a local evidence base. A Parish Plan for the parish of Easton-in-Gordano has been published recently. It is based on the views expressed in responses to a questionnaire distributed to the 2166 households in the parish. Responses were received from 1311 households and 81% of those responding supported the maintenance intact of the existing Green Belt that currently surrounds the developed area of the parish. These responses taken with the large number of individual letters that you have already received are firm and the only evidence of local opinion on this matter – opinion of which, the Parish Council maintains, proper account should be taken by North Somerset Council in making a decision of such importance to the future of the parish.

We trust that our objections will be taken into account. However, should they not be met, it will be our intention to make the strongest representations to the Secretary of State, through the Government Office of the South West, for North Somerset Council to be directed to remove this modification.

Yours sincerely

Julie Smart

Clerk

___________________________________________Letter to North Somerset Councillors

9th February 2007

Dear Councillor

FURTHER PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO REPLACEMENT LOCAL PLAN

This Parish Council urges you to take note of the contents of this letter, since we are not convinced that, apart from the Ward Councillors for the immediate area, all North Somerset Councillors were made fully conversant with all the facts over the proposal to remove land in the north of the district from the Green Belt.

As you know, at the November Council meeting, a proposed amendment to retain Green Belt status for an area of land in this parish, including Courthouse Farm, as opposed to removing it from the Green Belt for future Port use, was defeated. At the same meeting an amendment to leave the Portbury land in the Green Belt was passed. The resulting amended modifications have been subject to a further consultation period, which ended on 24th January. This Parish Council has made strong objections to these modifications, which add to the major representations made by both Easton-in-Gordano and Portbury Parish Councils, together with large numbers of parishioners, regarding the original Policy E5/a to remove both areas of land from the Green Belt.

The purpose of this letter is to urge you, at the February Council meeting, to support the retention of the Courthouse Farm area within the Green Belt, following the outcome of the consultation which will, without doubt, show overwhelming support for this, whatever the recommendations from officers might be.

We do not intend in this letter to repeat all our previous objections. These were all clearly and very fully set out in our letters to NSC and the Inquiry Inspector on 25.8.05 and 20.2.06, and to Councillor Crockford-Hawley on 31.5.06. Presumably all these letters are on file and will be accessible to you. However, key points from these earlier objections were as follows:-

  • Policy E5/a was introduced at the last minute at the 2005 Inquiry without any indication in the modified draft deposit local plan of a change to NSC’s approach to this issue, thus precluding the opportunity to make formal representations of objection to the Inspector at the Inquiry.
  • The lack of any material evidence which would change the view of the Inspector at the previous 2003 Shipway Farm Inquiry, supported by the Secretary of State, that:-

1.        the Royal Portbury Dock had failed to demonstrate a need for further development land and to achieve an appropriately intensive and efficient use of the existing port area, owing to a profligacy of the present land use;

2.        many activities, particularly the huge amount of car storage, are not directly dock related, are not an efficient use of Port land, and could take place elsewhere.

Our objections to the Further Proposed Modifications are as follows:-

  • Easton-in-Gordano is the parish closest to the main area of activity of the Bristol Port Company, and has, since the opening of the Royal Portbury Dock, already suffered from a huge amount of encroachment, resulting in major adverse effects on the environment. This piece of land is the last green buffer between the village and the Dock;
  • the effect of the proposals would be to single out this parish for further damaging encroachment and further deterioration of the local environment;

at a public meeting several years ago, prior to the establishment of the coal tip at the Royal Portbury Dock, attended by a large number of residents of the Parish, Mr Terence Mordaunt of the Bristol Port Company gave a public assurance that, once the coal tip was established, there would be no further encroachment by the Port on to land within the parish of Easton-in-Gordano. The protection of the piece of land in question for future Port use would represent a contradiction of this publicly given assurance;

  • breaches over conditions applied to previous Port developments have not been enforced by North Somerset Council, particularly in relation to the coal storage area, where the height regularly exceeds that level stated in the planning agreement, and where the agreed amount of sprinkling frequently does not take place. Indeed the height of the coal currently exceeds the agreed height, with other ships delivering coal expected in the near future. This gives the Parish Council no confidence that any safeguards put in should the Courthouse Farm area be deleted from the Green Belt would be guaranteed the protection they would require.

We are aware that it has been pointed out on behalf of North Somerset Council that land between the Port and Portishead is now recommended for inclusion in the Green Belt, but this in no way benefits Easton-in-Gordano and cannot be used as any justification for a further damaging effect on this parish.

The Government is apparently keen to give local communities more opportunity to participate in planning processes and to ensure that local planning policy is underpinned by a local evidence base. A Parish Plan for the parish of Easton-in-Gordano has been published recently. It is based on the views expressed in responses to a questionnaire distributed to the 2166 households in the parish. Responses were received from 1311 households and 81% of those responding supported the maintenance intact of the existing Green Belt that currently surrounds the developed area of the parish. These responses, together with the large number of individual letters of objection which have already been sent to NSC and a petition of almost 1000 names from the parish, are the firm and only evidence of local opinion on this matter – opinion of which, the Parish Council maintains, proper account should be taken by North Somerset Council in making a decision of such importance to the future of the parish.

We trust that our objections will be taken into account. However, should they not be met, it will be our intention to make the strongest representations to the Secretary of State, through the Government Office of the South West, for North Somerset Council to be directed to remove this modification.

We urge you, therefore, to vote appropriately at the February Council meeting to maintain the Green Belt status of the land referred to above, both to protect the environment of this part of North Somerset and to avoid the necessity of the Parish Council having to lobby the Secretary of State.

Yours sincerely

Julie Smart

Clerk

______________________________________________Press Release

CONCERN OVER POSSIBLE PORT EXPANSION AND THE PROTECTION OF THE GREEN BELT

Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council were horrified that, following the 2005 Public Inquiry on the North Somerset Local Plan, the Inspector recommended that a piece of land in Portbury and Easton-in-Gordanowhich provides the last buffer between those parishes should be taken out of the Green Belt in order to allow for future port expansion. Together with Portbury Parish Council they made strong representations to North Somerset Council, and encouraged a vigorous local campaign against this recommendation, resulting in a petition of nearly 1000 names and a huge number of individual letters.

North Somerset Council has now proposed leaving one part of the land in question in the Green Belt, but still taking that part within Easton-in-Gordano and Pill, including Courthouse Farm, out of the Green Belt.Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council feel strongly that this singles out the two villages of Easton-in-Gordano and Pill, which have already had their environment more dramatically affected than any other by the growth of the Royal Portbury Dock. While recognising that the Port provides employment in the area, the Parish Council still feels that the case for more land has not been made. Councillors also feel, together with the Inspector at a previous inquiry, that many activities, particularly the huge amount of car storage, are not directly dock related, are not an efficient use of Port land, and could take place elsewhere, without spreading on to one of the last remaining green “buffers” between the villages and the dock. Many residents remember an assurance given by one of the owners of the Bristol Port Company some years ago that, once the coal yard was established, there would be no further encroachment into the Parish. This now has a hollow ring to it.

The Parish Council is now making its feelings known in response to the last round of consultation, and is lobbying every North Somerset councillor in an attempt to have this proposal removed in order to preserve the Green Belt. If North Somerset persists in keeping this aspect of the Local Plan unchanged, the Parish Council will be making representations to the appropriate Secretary of State and to Liam Fox M.P. The possibility of mounting a legal challenge will also be discussed.

Issued on behalf of Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council. Inquiries should be directed to:-

 Councillor Gerry Hunt, Chair of Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council on 01275 372940 or 07801 654349 or through email ger-mar-hunt@talk21.com

_________________________________Letter to Government Office of the South West

7 March 2007

For the attention of Ms Hazel Hetherington

Government Office of the South West, 2 Rivergate, Temple Quay, BRISTOL, BS1 6ED

Dear Ms Hetherington

NORTH SOMERSET REPLACEMENT LOCAL PLAN

I wrote to you on 7th December 2006 expressing the views of this Parish Council on the proposal to remove an area of land in this parish and the neighbouring parish of Portbury from the Green Belt to allow for expansion by the Royal Portbury Dock.

As I stated in the previous letter, we understand that you, with powers delegated by the Secretary of State, have the ability in exceptional circumstances to direct a Local Authority to amend its Local Plan. Since North Somerset Council (NSC) finally adopted its Replacement Plan (RLP) on 20th February 2007 we are now requesting you to do this.

I attach a copy of our previous letter as all the points in that still apply. However, the additional reasons we believe the circumstances justify our request are as follows.

  1. NSC officers misled Councillors in their recommendations prior to the final decision to adopt. Further Proposed Modifications to the RLP were made in December. These modifications were twofold; firstly to keep the land in Portbury in the Green Belt, and secondly to remove the land in this Parish from the Green Belt. The consultation on this asked people not to repeat objections they had made to the previous consultation, which proposed removing both pieces of land from the Green Belt. The previous consultation had resulted in hundreds of parishioners making objections, including a petition of nearly 1000 names. Responsible people obeyed the request with the last consultation not to repeat objections. Although the Further Proposed Modifications left the proposal regarding this Parish unchanged, the officers’ recommendations referred to the letters of support from Portbury for the proposal to leave the Portbury land within the Green Belt and also referred to the fact that, apart from the further objections made by the Parish Council, only one or two objections had been received from within the parish. However, no reference was made to the huge number of previous objections made to what was essentially the same proposal for this Parish that had been made previously.
  1. NSC gave no consideration to the Parish Plan (published in 2006), which we understand central government now requires local authorities to do. There was a large response (over 65%) to questions in the questionnaire on which the Plan was based regarding the Green Belt. Of these 81% wanted the boundaries of the Green Belt to remain the same. Parish Plans would seem to have little point if they are ignored in this way.
  1. The community was given a public pledge by the Chairman of the Bristol Port Company in 1992, when the coal yard at the Port was established, that there would be no further encroachment by the Port into the Parish. The community welcomed and accepted this pledge, which would now appear to be meaningless should the proposal within the RLP take effect.
  1. The points made in the previous letter about the Port’s proven failure, recognised by the Inspector and the previous Secretary of State after a 2003 Inquiry, to demonstrate a need for more land and not to be making efficient and effective use of its existing land can be further emphasised by the fact that one of the main car distributors at the Port has indicated plans to move operations to Europe within the next few years, thus freeing large areas of land currently used for car storage.
  1. The main building in the area proposed for removal from the Green Belt, Courthouse Farm, is a listed building of historic interest, as it was the headquarters of Judge Jefferies, the “hanging judge”, and supposedly the site of the local gallows with several of the victims buried on the land. This fact, although mentioned by several objectors, was completely ignored by NSC in all its documentation.
  1. NSC has justified its decision by referring to various safeguards that will need to be met before the Port is able to develop the land in question. Several conditions imposed on previous developments for the benefit of the community e.g. the height of the coal tip and the sprinkling of the coal, have not been enforced by NSC. This gives us no confidence in future safeguards being adhered to.
  1. This Parish, now singled out for further encroachment by the Port, is the one that has been most affected by the Royal Portbury Dock since its establishment under the West Dock Act.

For these reasons I am writing on behalf of this Parish Council to make a formal request for you to direct NSC to amend the RLP by deleting the proposal to remove land in the Parish of Easton-in-Gordano from the Green Belt for Port use.

Yours sincerely

Julie Smart

Clerk to Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council

cc:   Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly M.P.

_________________________________Letter to Ruth Kelly MP

7 March 2007

Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Department of Communities and Local Government, Eland House, Bressenden Place, LONDON, SW1E 5DU

Dear Ms Kelly 

NORTH SOMERSET REPLACEMENT LOCAL PLAN 

I am writing to you on behalf of the above Parish Council concerning the above plan, which has now been adopted by North Somerset. We have been registering detailed objections over a long period regarding aspects of the Plan, notably the proposal introduced at a late stage to remove a piece of land in this Parish from the Green Belt to allow for expansion of the Royal Portbury Dock, despite the view expressed by a Public Inquiry Inspector, and echoed by your predecessor as Secretary of State, that the Port had not proved a need for more land and were not making efficient and effective use of their existing land.

I understand that our only remaining course of action, apart from mounting a legal challenge, is to ask you to direct the Local Authority to amend their Replacement Local Plan (RLP), a course of action that you are able to undertake in exceptional circumstances. It is this that the Parish Council is urging you to do.

I wrote to the Government Office of the South West on 7th December 2006 expressing the detailed views and objections of this Parish Council concerning the proposal to remove an area of land in this parish and the neighbouring parish of Portbury from the Green Belt to allow for expansion by the Royal Portbury Dock. In December 2006 Further Proposed Modifications were introduced by North Somerset, which kept the Portbury land in the Green Belt, while still removing the land in this Parish from the Green Belt.

I attach a copy of the 7th December letter, which I urge you to read since all the points in it still apply. However, since the Further Proposed Modifications were incorporated into the final Replacement Local Plan, we feel that the following additional points provide adequate evidence of “exceptional circumstances” which justify you undertaking the course of action we are requesting.

  1. NSC officers misled Councillors in their recommendations prior to the final decision to adopt. Further Proposed Modifications to the RLP were made in December. These modifications were twofold; firstly to keep the land in Portbury in the Green Belt, and secondly to remove the land in this Parish from the Green Belt. The consultation on this asked people not to repeat objections they had made to the previous consultation, which proposed removing both pieces of land from the Green Belt. The previous consultation had resulted in hundreds of parishioners making objections, including a petition of nearly 1000 names. Responsible people obeyed the request made with the last consultation not to repeat objections. Although the Further Proposed Modifications left the proposal regarding this Parish unchanged, the officers’ recommendations referred to the letters of support from Portbury for the proposal to leave the Portbury land within the Green Belt and also referred to the fact that, apart from the further objections made by the Parish Council, only one or two objections had been received from within this Parish. However, no reference was made to the huge number of previous objections made to what was essentially the same proposal for this Parish that had been made previously.
  1. NSC gave no consideration to the Parish Plan (published in 2006), which we understand central government now requires local authorities to do. There was a large response (over 65%) to questions in the questionnaire on which the Plan was based regarding the Green Belt. Of these 81% wanted the boundaries of the Green Belt to remain the same. Parish Plans would seem to have little point if they are ignored in this way.
  1. The community was given a public pledge by the Chairman of the Bristol Port Company in 1992, when the coal yard at the Port was established, that there would be no further encroachment by the Port into the Parish. The community welcomed and accepted this pledge, which would now appear to be meaningless should the proposal within the RLP take effect.
  1. The points made in the previous letter about the Port’s proven failure, recognised by the Inspector and the previous Secretary of State after a 2003 Inquiry, to demonstrate a need for more land and not to be making efficient and effective use of its existing land can be further emphasised by the fact that one of the main car distributors at the Port has indicated plans to move operations to Europe within the next few years, thus freeing large areas of land currently used for car storage.
  1. The main building in the area proposed for removal from the Green Belt, Courthouse Farm, is a listed building of historic interest, as it was the headquarters of Judge Jefferies, the “hanging judge”, and supposedly the site of the local gallows with several of the victims buried on the land. This fact, although mentioned by several objectors, was completely ignored by NSC in all its documentation.
  1. NSC has justified its decision by referring to various safeguards that will need to be met before the Port is able to develop the land in question. Several conditions imposed on previous developments for the benefit of the community e.g. the height of the coal tip and the sprinkling of the coal, have not been enforced by NSC, leading to adverse effects on the environment within this community. This gives us no confidence in future safeguards being adhered to.
  1. This Parish, now singled out for further encroachment by the Port, is the one that has been most affected by the Royal Portbury Dock since its establishment under the West Dock Act. Although the Parish Council appreciates the employment provided by the Port, it is strongly felt that the gradual and extensive detrimental effects on the community and environment are enough for one village to bear, especially since a need for more land has not been proven.

For these reasons I am writing on behalf of this Parish Council to make a formal request for you to direct NSC to amend the RLP by deleting the proposal to remove land in the Parish of Easton-in-Gordano from the Green Belt for Port use.

Yours sincerely

Julie Smart

Clerk to Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council.

_____________________END________________________

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