South Gloucestershire new Local Plan Consultation (February 2018)
Overview by Rick Dunning, Chair of the Pucklechurch Neighbourhood Plan Group
People are asking about the SGC local plan. I've looked at it and went to a SGC presentation last evening. They are looking at strategies for the building of some 1800 'non-
Their question is fundamentally should the 1800 homes be: 1) extra-
I also asked were some areas of greenbelt more 'strategic' or ‘sacrosanct' than others and it seems this is the case. The other things they are looking at in allowing greenbelt building are:
• Homes for rural families
• Affordable housing in rural areas
• Supporting rural services (schools, transport etc)
• Core strategy lessons (spreading the housing to where people want it)
• To make development plan led rather than speculative.
There may also be replacement greenbelt – a piece lost here will be tacked on elsewhere.
Whilst looking at greenbelt development (and there are 35 rural locations* to investigate) they want to ensure:
• Infrastructure (transport, schools, accessability etc)
• Proportional growth (so if a village has say 100 homes 50 more would be ‘disproportional) – I wanted to know if less than 10 houses doesn’t count against the Local Plan if a village had 100 homes and 4 developments of 9 homes were suggested separately over a long period what’s to stop this disproportional development unless very small developments are included in the plan
• Sustainability (no suitable answers from SGC here – when it comes to the environment they seem clueless)
• Flood and other risk
• Availability and suitability
• There is also an achievability test – heritage, financial viability (eg will you need to build a road to access a site and at what cost (don’t laugh)
There will be (for developments of currently 10 or more homes) a cumulative test to ensure multiple developments are not permitted in one area.
The good news is that Pucklechurch’s development (Oak Tree Ave) will count against any allocation for Pucklechurch as permissions being granted at present will be eligible. But I feel we must press SGC to include smaller (9 or less) sites in the plan as without this we could be severely affected by these smaller development – as an area Siston seem very worried by this).
Check out the interactive websites on http://map.n-
An extant Neighbourhood Plan will greatly help an area – as it forms an addendum to the Local Plan. So if you want appropriate (and fitting) development in Pucklechurch/Shortwood/Parkfield – or anywhere in between, contact me about joining the Neighbourhood Plan group or just helping the group out – we are desperate for volunteers!
* Note – locations not parishes, so Shortwood, Pucklechurch village and Parkfield are separate areas.
Rick Dunning lives in Parkfield, he is a Pucklechurch Parish Councillor and chair of the Pucklechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan group.
The Pucklechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan Group: https://pucklechurch-
Contact the Pucklechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
The SGC Local Plan could mean more development for the villages of Pucklechurch, Shortwood and Parkfield. Rick Dunning, as Chair of Pucklechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan Group, provides background to the implications of the plan on our area. He explains that our best way to influence these changes is for our community to develop a Neighbourhood Plan and calls for more volunteers to get involved.