Council takes legal action over 121 new homes in Charfield

October 01 2018

South Gloucestershire Council is challenging a Planning Inspectorate’s decision to allow homes to be built in Charfield north of Wotton Road.

The planning application by Barratt Homes was subject to an inquiry, and permission was given on appeal for 121 homes, a retail unit and open space. 

Leader of the Council Cllr Toby Savage said: “As a Council Administration, we are determined to take robust action to challenging unsustainable development across the district.” 

“We reiterate that where we have taken difficult decisions to proactively and positively plan for future housing and jobs growth, we should not have decisions from the Planning Inspectorate which undermines this work as it only stores up economic, social and environmental problems for the future.”

“We are clear that enough is enough and we mean it. This unprecedented second legal challenge is evidence of our strong approach and considering each case on its individual merits.”

The local authority believes that if the development goes ahead, it will undermine the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP). The next stage of the process, the examination in public of the JSP, has been delayed until May 2019. 

Cabinet Member for Planning Cllr Colin Hunt said: “In South Gloucestershire we are trying to be plan led with our decisions on planning applications. While we appreciate that we have a short fall on our five year land supply, nonetheless we want decisions to reflect that we have a solid plan that was prepared in consultation with the public.

“It is not appropriate for Charfield and other locations in the area to be under attack from speculative developers in this way, who are seeking to circumvent the plan led system and community engagement in a manner which undermines the recently submitted JSP.”