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South Gloucestershire adopts long-term planning blueprint

Posted on Tuesday 17th December 2013 at 9:20 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Core Strategy.

South Gloucestershire’s long-term planning blueprint, or Core Strategy, has been formally adopted by the council following a majority decision at last week’s Full Council meeting.

The decision follows last month’s approval of the strategy by independent Government Planning Inspector Paul Crysell, who concluded that the strategy was ‘sound’ and suitable for adoption subject to a number of final modifications.

As South Gloucestershire’s main planning document, the strategy sets out the area’s agreed overarching development vision until 2027, helping the council to guide delivery of the new jobs, homes and infrastructure that will be needed in the future while protecting the area from inappropriate or undesirable development.

Economic measures set out in the strategy include the creation of three new Enterprise Areas in Filton, Severnside and Emersons Green, with the potential to deliver thousands of new jobs by 2027.

The strategy also makes provision for a total of 28,355 new homes, including affordable housing, of which the majority will be located near major employment sites in the North Fringe areas of Filton, Patchway/Cribbs Causeway and Harry Stoke.

Housing development will be accompanied by new public transport infrastructure and community facilities such as schools, community centres and open spaces, to enable the new and existing communities of South Gloucestershire to prosper.

The decision to adopt the strategy follows extensive public consultation and engagement over a number of years, as well as a full independent public examination held last year by Mr Crysell.

The final approved version of the strategy, including all agreed modifications, will be published by the council after Christmas.

More: Adoption welcomed by Tories & Lib Dems; Labour vote split »

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Inspector approves South Glos Core Strategy

Posted on Monday 18th November 2013 at 10:34 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Core Strategy.

South Gloucestershire’s Core Strategy has been approved by the independent government planning inspector appointed to consider whether it is ‘sound’ and suitable for adoption.

The decision by inspector Paul Crysell, subject to a number of modifications being made by the council, follows last summer’s detailed public examination in which Mr Crysell considered the views of hundreds of local people, organisations and community groups.

His approval is a significant milestone for the strategy and means that councillors can now consider whether the plan should be formally adopted for implementation, at the next Full Council meeting to be held on 11th December.

As South Gloucestershire’s main long-term planning document, the strategy represents the outcome of extensive consultation and engagement with the local community and sets out the area’s agreed overarching development vision until 2027.

This ‘plan-led’ approach to development will enable the council to work with developers and the local community to deliver the new jobs, homes and infrastructure South Gloucestershire will need in the coming years, while protecting the area from development in less appropriate locations.

Economic measures set out in the strategy include the creation of three new Enterprise Areas focused on Filton, Severnside and Emersons Green, with the potential to deliver thousands of new jobs over the plan period.

The strategy also makes provision for a total of 28,355 new homes, including affordable housing, with the majority of development located near major employment areas in the North Fringe to reduce the need for lengthy commuting.

Proposed housing development will be accompanied by new public transport infrastructure and community facilities such as schools, community centres and open spaces, to enable the new and existing communities of South Gloucestershire to prosper.

The inspector’s report will be published online at www.southglos.gov.uk/corestrategy later today (18th November).

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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Final Core Strategy report expected in June

Posted on Monday 25th March 2013 at 9:37 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Core Strategy.

Government planning inspector Mr Paul Crysell is expected to deliver his final report on South Gloucestershire’s Core Strategy in June, following a further consultation period that began last Friday (22nd March).

Over the next six weeks he will be inviting members of the public to comment on modifications to the strategy that he believes are necessary to make it ‘sound’ and suitable for adoption by the council.

The Inspector initially proposed a series of modifications to the strategy following the independent examination in public that took place last summer.

He has now revised these following a further hearing day held earlier this month.

In his revised modifications, the Inspector reaffirms his support for the council’s overall housing figures for the district, which provide for 28,355 new homes in the years to 2027. He has not found it necessary to significantly increase housing numbers, as developers proposed at the additional hearing day.

The modifications also confirm his intention to press for a faster pace of development during the years 2012-17, including allocating additional land for development at Morton Way North in Thornbury.

At the additional hearing day, the council argued that there was sufficient housing provision without this course of action but having considered views on the subject, the Inspector says that the changes are needed to ensure the Core Strategy can be made sound.

Consultation on the Inspector’s revised modifications ends on Friday 3rd May. Full details of the modifications and how to submit comments are available from the council’s website at www.southglos.gov.uk/corestrategyexamination.

The revised modifications can also be viewed in hard copy at the council’s One-Stop Shops in Thornbury, Yate, Kingswood and Patchway.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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Extra Core Strategy hearing day to consider possible housing sites

Posted on Monday 4th March 2013 at 6:00 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Core Strategy.

Possible locations for additional housing development in the district will be discussed this week (Thursday 7th March) when the public examination of South Gloucestershire’s long-term planning blueprint, or Core Strategy, is re-opened for one day.

Government-appointed Planning Inspector Paul Crysell reviewed the strategy in detail at a public examination last summer and proposed a number of modifications, including suggesting that more land be made available for housing development between 2012 and 2017.

The Core Strategy had proposed that provision be made for 8,493 homes during this period but the Inspector asked for this figure to be increased by 852 to 9,345.

The additional hearing day this week will consider possible locations for this additional development and provide an opportunity for all interested parties to share their views.

In its response to the Inspector’s proposed modifications, published in November, the council argued that an increase in the five-year housing target was inappropriate given current market conditions and levels of housing need. However it said that if the Inspector insisted on the increase, provision could be made for approximately 600 homes using sites already earmarked for development within the strategy.

It added that if the Inspector were determined to meet the remaining shortfall by identifying an entirely new development site, this would have to be done through the public examination process to allow local people to have their say. The Inspector agreed to reopen the examination, and set the hearing day for 7th March.

The session will be held between 10am and 5pm at the Kingswood Civic Centre. Only people who have previously registered their interest will be invited to speak, but members of the public are welcome to attend.

Following the hearing day, the Inspector’s revised modifications will be submitted for a six-week consultation period. The Inspector has indicated that he expects to submit his final report to the council during the week beginning 24th June.

Further information on the hearing day is available at www.southglos.gov.uk/corestrategyexamination.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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