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.
Response to Planning Application PT17/0357/F
Change of Use from shop/office (Class A1) to Hot Food Takeaway (Class A5) as defined in Town and Country (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) to include installation of flue to side elevation – 10 Avon Road Charfield Wotton Under Edge South Gloucestershire GL12 8TT
The Charfield Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group submits this comment in response to the planning application PT17/0357/F.
In November 2016, we undertook a comprehensive parish wide survey to establish the community’s views on a wide-ranging number of topics. We received the analysis of the questions from the Gloucestershire Rural Communities Council in late December. While the Neighbourhood Plan is not yet made, the results of this survey are key components in determining the policies that will be included in the Plan. The results do not need much interpretation and new planning applications should take account of them.
The Neighbourhood Plan Community Engagement asked the community for their views on making space available for business use. The results are provided below:
- Shops and retail (Class A1 & A2) 52% support
- Offices and light industrial (B1) 38% support
- Food and restaurants (A3 Use) 31% support
- Community energy production 26% support
- Takeaways (A5 use) 23% support
- None of the above 22% support
- Holiday lets 7% support
We have not looked in detail at this application, as it is not our intent to comment on the specifics of applications nor do we have the resource to do so.
The survey has clarified many of the aspirations of the village with regard to its present and its future. Charfield is the first parish in South Gloucestershire to engage in the Neighbourhood Planning process. Residents are engaged in the process in the expectation that their voice will be heard and that the process will be respected.