The new Core Strategy was adopted in 2012 and is now the main planning document for North Somerset.
This is very significant for Failand because it removes the settlement boundary from the village, meaning that no new infill development will be allowed (beyond a few already approved), only the rebuilding and extension of existing dwellings.
Policy CS33 sets out the policy for the Countryside and lists the Infill villages: Bleadon, Claverham, Cleeve, Dundry, Felton, Flax Bourton, Hutton, Kenn, Kewstoke, Locking, Sandford, Uphill and Winford. Failand is not included, so the policy for Green Belt Countryside will now apply, as already the case in Lower Failand and Wraxall village.
This also removes the threat of residential development on the fields surrounding the village such as the recent proposal opposite Weston Road.
Following a legal challenge policy CS13 (scale of new housing) was remitted back to the Planning Inspectorate for re-examination.
The Council are still waiting for a response from the Secretary of State to the number of houses required to be built.