Day House Leaze Liaison Group

Bellway1Your Parish Council is in contact with Bellway Homes, the developers of the Day House Leaze site, with a view to setting up a Liaison Group. This Liaison Group will engage with Bellway Homes where possible, to influence the design and features, and also keep a watching brief on the construction and how it affects there best of Charfield.

Representatives of local groups and residents have been invited to take up membership of the group, and the first meeting between the group and the developers is scheduled for early September. Minutes of meetings will be available, and any wider consultations will be advertised here and elsewhere.

The initial design layout for the Day House Leaze site can be found here, and comments are welcome, via the Parish Clerk.

Charfield Green Update

Please note that the detailed application for 106 homes at Charfield Green has now been submitted.

Coincidentally… it was submitted on the day of our full parish council meeting and therefore may be decided before the council has a chance to meet again. If you have feelings you wish to make known to the Planning Authority it is therefore essential that you make them as individuals, now.

You can find the details on the South Gloucestershire planning portal [link] by entering the application number PT16/1503/RM

“106 homes” Consultation

Pegasus have issued an invitation to a public consultation event which will be held as follows-

Wednesday, 9th March between 14.30 and 19.30

Charfield Memorial Hall, Wotton Road, Charfield, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 8TG

This is a public consultation for proposed reserved matters application comprising details of landscaping, layout, scale and appearance of the 106 dwellings permitted under PT13/4182/O outline planning application.

Charfield Railway Station

The possibility or impossibility of re-opening Charfield Railway Station, closed since the mid-sixties, has been debated for decades. This week’s Gazette offers a new perspective to the issue. You can read about it here.

The Charfield Neighbourhood Plan is moving from concept into construction, and the matter of Charfield Railway Station will certainly be covered in the final Plan. As such, the Neighbourhood Plan working group would be most interested in hearing all viewpoints from residents of Charfield, and you can give them by emailing the Parish Clerk.

UPDATE ON APPEAL DECISION FOR CHARFIELD GREEN

Last month, the Inspector issued their decision regarding the Public Inquiry held earlier this year regarding Outline Planning for up to 106 houses at Charfield Green. The inspector allowed the appeal thus allowing outline planning to be granted. Charfield Parish Council has now been informed that, after taking legal advice, South Gloucestershire Council WILL NOT be challenging the decision.

This was discussed at last night’s (14th July 2015) meeting of full council and it was agreed that a statement be put on the website accordingly. Please note that the other pending appeal for Day House Leaze is still pending.

Hannah Saunders, Clerk and RFO

Statement below from Chairman Councillor Mark Rosher.

When you’ve done all you could, proved your case over and again, and the decision still goes against you… when you lose because somebody else dropped their ball even as you juggled all of yours and a couple of theirs… when the future promises the very outcomes you were working to prevent. What to do? It’s fair to say your Parish Council feels a little deflated right now. Although it’s not the only role it has, one of the most important things your Council does is guide the planning process; commenting on all sorts of things from home extensions to new housing estates.

With the threat of predatory development in sight, the Council facilitated a Village Plan steering group that produced an excellent vision of the village, identifying targeted improvements and detailing a small increase in homes. Taking this further, a Housing Needs Survey confirmed the small number of needful homes – affordable homes, for a gently expanding local population. With this small and sustainable increase agreed by both the Council and the residents of the Parish, this became a part of the South Gloucestershire Core Strategy Local Plan, through the Policies, Sites and Places Development Plan Document (PSP DPD). The Local Plan sits at the heart of the National Planning Policy Framework. It is the long term vision document of the local authority, in which the authority asserts its ability to manage the years ahead, including in housing need.

Although the South Gloucestershire Local Plan was deemed to be robust and resilient, as soon as it was tested by an aggressive predatory developer, in the courts and by the Planning Inspectorate, it fell apart in tatters (inadequate provision of housing land being central to this death knell). The failure of South Gloucestershire Council to create a good Local Plan has meant that Charfield will increase by at least 15% in the next few years. That’s 15% in terms of new homes, additional traffic and service demand, but without any planned increase in service infrastructure or road capacity.

Worse, the failure of the Plan leaves Charfield unprotected from any other developer, who may see our pleasant and easily accessed non-Green Belt location as perfect for even more homes – unless we can Defend Charfield by making best use of the only weapon we have left; the Neighbourhood Plan.

Unlike our previous Village Plan, the Neighbourhood Plan is a legal document that emerged from the Localism Act of 2011 with statutory effect on the local council’s planning process. Although it is primarily designed to support development and not halt it, following some checks and balances it becomes part of the statutory development plan. It holds the same legal status as the Local Plan. Applications for development must be weighed against it, and so it can constrain development to that which the local population feels is acceptable and sustainable.

Your Parish Council is now seeking to establish a Neighbourhood Plan for Charfield. Some of the work done by the Village Plan steering group will prove very useful, and some of the work on-going and already done by adjacent parishes is also highly pertinent. There is however much to be done. And once the Neighbourhood Plan is crafted, it must be inspected and a local referendum held to ensure it speaks for the wishes and needs of the Parish.

Your Parish Council cannot do this alone and nor should it. We seek volunteers, therefore, to become working members of the Charfield Neighbourhood Plan development group. Shortly, we will be holding meetings with South Gloucestershire Council to understand their position in regard to the ill-fated Local Plan, to ensure any work we carry out is built upon on a solid new foundation. Thereafter, we will hold local meetings with the Parish.

I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of at least attending the local meeting(s). It is easily said that any attempt to manage development is NIMBY-ism, and that we just don’t want to accept more new homes into Charfield. That is not the case and never has been the case. We need new homes, in appropriate quantities and of a design that keep our village vibrant and alive. Developers just want to build more and more houses, and that’s what we need to address.

Please do keep watching the Parish and Community web sites. Information will start to appear there very soon.

Cllr Mark Rosher – Chairman, down but not at all out
Charfield Parish Council

Gloucestershire Transport Plan

FYI, Although Charfield is in S Gloucestershire – as we are on the border of Gloucestershire County Council – the Transport Plan that is currently being consulted on is of importance….please see press release below and link should you want to comment on the draft plan.

The Parish Council / Village Plan Group will be making comment…..but as with all consultations – the more responses – the better….

 

4th February 2015

Have your say on county transport plan

People across Gloucestershire are being invited to share their views on the county’s transport blueprint.

The Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan is a document which sets out the county’s transport priorities and direction of travel over 20 years.

It is a legal requirement and all highways authorities in England must have one.

The current plan was agreed in 2011 however it is regularly reviewed to make sure we’re still on the right track.

The first review of the plan is taking place this year and Cabinet has today (Wednesday) agreed that public consultation can take place to find out what people think.

People will be asked general and area specific questions about things like how the road network is managed, sustainable travel, HGVs and proposed transport schemes.

They can choose to answer all the questions or just those that are relevant to them.

Last autumn, more than 100 relevant organisations were invited to give their feedback, now it’s time for the public to have their say.

Cllr Will Windsor Clive, cabinet member for transport planning, said: “It’s important that we pause and take stock of what we’re planning.

“Times change and our priorities change so we need to know what people think about the plan and whether or not they agree with what’s in there.

“Transport affects us all in one way or another so I’d encourage everyone to take part; even if you only answer a couple of questions your feedback is essential.”

To take part in the consultation and for more information on the Local Transport Plan, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ltp3.

ENDS

Issued by: Hannah Bennett, Gloucestershire County Council’s Media Team, 01452 328099, hannah.bennett@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Planning Inquiries

Just to let you know that as of this week (week commencing 23/3/2015)…..there are no further updates regarding either of the recent Planning Appeals / Inquiries.

S Glos Council are still waiting for a date for the Day House Leaze appeal to be heard at High Court.

With regards the Charfield Green Inquiry – following some newly published information both S Glos Council and Gladman were given some extra time for comment (but not 3rd / interested parties)…..The cut off for comment is today – and the Inspector will then continue to put report together.