Comments invited on latest blueprint for development in South Gloucestershire

February 26 2018

ANOTHER document shaping how and where development can take place in South Gloucestershire has gone out for consultation.

ANOTHER document shaping how and where development can take place in South Gloucestershire has gone out for consultation.

The district’s local plan will provide a guide and framework for both residents and developers, against which the suitability of planning applications are judged.

All local authorities must have an up-to-date local plan in place and South Gloucestershire Council said it was time to update its plan, especially with its increasing need for housing and employment opportunities.

But it said it wanted to protect and improve its environment, meaning it had to balance economic, social and environmental issues to ensure new development was sustainable.

The plan will sit under the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which has been developed by the four West of England authorities to guide strategic growth across the wider region.

The council’s own plan will focus on more local projects but will also allow it to determine how proposals identified in the JSP will be achieved.

It said building within the current boundaries of urban areas would not be enough to meet needs and the JSP identified large scale developments in five greenfield locations - including Thornbury and Buckover.

The local plan will also establish where smaller scale development is appropriate in other areas.

Colin Hunt, the council’s Cabinet member for planning, transport and the strategic environment, said: “By having a robust local plan, which residents understand and have taken part in shaping, will strengthen the council’s hand against unwanted and speculative development bids.”

Consultation runs until April 30 and details of how to take part are available on the council’s website, together with dates and venues for a number of information drop-in sessions. None have been planned for Thornbury but there are some in Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Yate.

Libraries also have copies of the consultation documents.