Lining up the Plans…

The work to produce the Charfield Neighbourhood Plan (CNP) has been progressing well and the Steering Group were confident that we would be able to keep to our planned timetable to produce the first draft.

However, the SGC Local Plan known as ‘the Core Strategy’ (adopted in 2013) has now been declared out of date and is being replaced by the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) and the new South Gloucestershire Local Plan (SGLP). These are in the very early stages of preparation. As it is a fundamental requirement that neighbourhood plans have to reflect higher level planning documents including Local Plans, we met earlier this week with senior planners at South Gloucestershire Council to review the impact that their changes have on the formation of the CNP.

It was concluded that this absence of higher level documents means that we have to extend our timetable of delivery to reflect theirs. However we see this as an opportunity to develop our policies based on the latest plans that South Gloucestershire has for Charfield rather than address outdated policies. It enables us to continue with our community engagement and to build on the body of evidence in support of our own policies. The resulting CNP would be relevant, robust and with a long period of validity.

The Neighbourhood Plan process has value at all stages of its formulation. The CNP steering group has already used your responses particularly those obtained from the recent parish wide survey to comment on consultations and planning applications in the area, and we will continue to offer such insights into the community aspirations and concerns as appropriate. Some of these findings will be used in detailed evidenced narratives on the CNP web site.

In the next few months, the CNP steering group will be undertaking further fact finding and community engagement. We will establish focus groups to address particular areas of policy development – for example – housing density, heritage assets, traffic management and the re-opening of the railway station.  We will keep you updated as to when these meetings will happen and they will be open to all interested Charfield residents. In the meantime, a number of residents who have already volunteered through the survey to join the project will be contacted. If you too would like to add your voice you can contact the team on

Letter to Sajid Javid MP

The CNP team, seeking clarification on the development of a Neighbourhood Plan which legally has to align with plans not yet in existence, has written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Mr Sajid Javid MP.

2017.02.02 The Right Honourable Sajid Javid MP 2

When we get any response we will update this thread. In the meantime the CNP steering group will continue to analyse the data and prepare the preliminary draft plan where it is possible to do so.

CNP Team responds to Barratt’s application

The Charfield Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has written to South Gloucester Council in response to the planning application for land at Warner’s Court farm. This is the first strategic planning proposal that has come to the attention of the Group since we started the process of ‘making’ the Charfield Neighbourhood Plan.

The CNP team have written firstly to recommend no strategic application is allowed while the Neighbourhood Plan is in its build phase, as this is premature and harms the concept of Localism. You can read that letter here:

Barretts Homes – Planning Application Final Jan 2017

The team then followed this up with a constructive letter showing how Charfield residents had put forward comments which should be taken into account IF any strategic application were to be Permitted. That letter is here:

Letter of comment Warners Court Planning Applications Neighbourhood Plan Final Jan 2017



cnp-survey2If you think you’ve not received your copy by the end of this week, please let us know at

There are drop-in’s taking place, on:

  • 2nd November (7pm at the Hall)
  • 5th November (9 to 10.30 at Costcutters)
  • 7th November (2.30 to 3.30 outside the school)

There is a prize draw into which every
returned survey is entered.

Envelope Stuffing!

2016-10-19-020aToday the team were packing envelopes – take one cover sheet, one guidance note and one Neighbourhood Plan survey, wrap it up in a pre-paid and pre-addressed envelope… put it in the delivery envelope. And again. And again…

We did more than a thousand and we have some spares. They’re with the CHADRA team now, out for delivery very soon. Please do give over some time to reading it and completing it, and then returning it. We are very much counting on you now – a good return rate will add weight to the Plan, a poor one will put questions into the mind of the Inspector when it goes before them.

If you feel you’re overdue your copy, or you want another one, please get in touch. We have a few spares. And please keep yourselves updated as to other developments in the area, on the main parish council web site.

Planning the survey logistics

email-envelope-jpgw900The team met on 20th September to discuss how the survey would be going out to residents. We plan to send the survey out to every household, and the survey will contain a pre-paid pre-addressed envelope. In this was we hope for a very high return.

The current expectation is that the survey will drop through doors at the start of November and we should have them all back by the third week of that month. During that period we will hold surgeries where you can speak with us about the survey, whether that be resolving problems with answering a question or taking new ideas and suggestions. We’ll let you know when and where those surgeries will be.