CNP responds to PT17/0357/F

The Charfield Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group now have a considerable amount of understanding as to the community aspirations and concerns, gleaned from the community engagement and survey responses. As such the CNP group feels able to make comments on significant planning applications where it can offer factual information. Today the CNP group responded as shown below. Continue reading CNP responds to PT17/0357/F

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


Joint Spatial Plan update – invite to attend officer briefing

“Dear All,

Thank you to all the town and parish councils and local ward members that have attended the recent JSP/ JTS briefing sessions. We hope you found these informative and helpful.

Attached are the PowerPoints presented at yesterday’s briefing (these are the same ones that P&TCs received who attended the earlier briefings on 18th and 19th October).

As covered at the briefings, officers will be holding drop in exhibitions at the five localities where additional strategic growth is promoted through the JSP. The venues dates and times are as follows. It would be appreciated if you could promote and cascade these events through your local networks. Posters will be made available shortly too.  


WHERE: Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
WHEN: Thursday 10 November, 1 – 7pm

WHERE: Charfield Memorial Hall
WHEN: Tuesday 15 November, 1 – 7pm

WHERE: Armstrong Hall, Thornbury
WHEN: Friday 25 November, 1 – 7pm

WHERE: Coalpit Heath Village Hall
WHEN: Monday 21 November, 1 – 7pm

WHERE: Falfield Village Hall
WHEN: Monday 28 November, 1 – 7pm

Finally can I remind you details about the JSP/ JTS are at available at


Patrick Conroy
Strategic Planning Policy and Specialist Advice Manager
South Gloucestershire Council”

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.

What’s the value of a Neighbourhood Plan?

We received this the other day, and it’s worth us putting it here. One of the questions we were asked in early community engagement was about the value of a neighbourhood plan. The importance of the NP in this case is clear, and we believe it is as important for Charfield that our plan moves forward.

The communities secretary has refused an application for 200 homes on a site at Lydney in Gloucestershire, against an inspector’s recommendation of approval, after he concluded that, amongst other factors weighing against the proposal, the development would be in conflict with a neighbourhood plan.

Forest of Dean District Council had refused outline planning permission for the scheme which would have delivered up to 200 homes, including up to 20 serviced self-build plots, and up to 37 retirement apartments and a community building.

Following an appeal and an inspector’s subsequent recommendation of approval, the application was recovered by Greg Clark because the appeal involved a potential conflict with a neighbourhood plan.

A decision letter issued this week said that Clark considered that the council’s lack of a five-year housing land supply “and the contributions that the appeal proposal would make to increasing the supply of market and affordable housing weigh substantively in favour of the appeal”.

“Also weighing in favour of the appeal are the social, economic and environmental benefits identified by the Inspector”, the letter said.

But the letter went on to say that “weighing against the appeal … is the conflict with the emerging [site allocations document] and emerging Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan (LNDP), to which he gives moderate weight; and the adverse impact on landscape and character to which he also gives moderate weight. He also gives limited weight to traffic impacts and the adverse effect upon air quality…”

Overall, the letter said that Clark considered “that the adverse impacts of the appeal proposal would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits when assessed against the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework taken as a whole”.

It continued: “He therefore concludes that that there are no material considerations that indicate that the proposal should be determined other than in accordance with the development plan.”