Charfield Neighbourhood Development Plan Examination

After undertaking a consultation on the submission version of the plan and evidence base, South Gloucestershire Council has now appointed an examiner.

Andrew Ashcroft has accepted the appointment and will now undertake the examination of the Charfield Neighbourhood Development Plan including supporting evidence. He will also consider the comments released which were made during the recent consultation as part of the examination.

Staying informed

Below are the documents submitted to the council as well as further updates on the examination. Further updates will be made to the webpage as the examination progresses.

Update 10 February 2021 - Response to the Independent Examiner's Report

The Independent Examiner (IE) provided South Gloucestershire Council, the Charfield Neighbourhood Plan Group (CNPG) and Charfield Parish Council with the final Independent Examiner’s Report on 16 December 2020.

Having reviewed the IE’s report, South Gloucestershire Council in liaison with the CNPG make the following statement in response as required under paragraph 10 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

South Gloucestershire Council is satisfied that the Charfield Neighbourhood Development Plan, subject to all recommended modifications as detailed in the IE’s Report meets the basic conditions.

This plan can proceed to referendum with a date for the 6 May 2021.

As part of the Independent Examiner’s duties they have also considered the area for the referendum. The IE’ Report confirmed that no changes are necessary to the referendum area and as such the referendum area will include the whole parish of Charfield.

The Charfield Neighbourhood Development Plan including the recommended modifications can be found here.

Update 23 December 2020 - Final Examiners Report published

After undertaking the factual check the council has now received the final Examiner's Report from the Examiner on 16 December 2020. This concludes the Examination and the council will now have 8 weeks to review the Report and publish a Determination Statement.

Update 25 November 2020 - Charfield Neighbourhood Plan Group Response to Clarification Note

The Charfield Neighbourhood Plan group has now considered the examiner's clarification Note and provides the following response below:

Update 20 November 2020 - Additional Clarification Note

The Council has received an Additional Independent Examiner's Clarification Note from the examiner to take into account the responses published in the updated consultation Responses Report. This is in addition to the Clarification Note published on 9 November 2020.

Update 20 November 2020 - Additional Consultation Responses

On the 18 November, the Council was made aware of three representations made to the Charfield Neighbourhood Development Plan Consultation which had not been included in the Consultation Responses Report, published on 21 October 2020.

These representations were received within the consultation period and therefore need to be given full consideration. The Examiner has been made aware, and was in receipt of these additional representations on 18 November 2020. The examiner has outlined that he will give these representations full consideration. An updated Consultation Responses Report has now been published which includes the additional representations missed in error and is available to view here:

Consultation Responses Report - Updated Version

We apologise for any of the inconvenience this has caused.

Update 09 November 2020

The council has received the Independent Examiner's Clarification Note which the Charfield Neighbourhood Plan Group will now review. The examiner has set out a series of questions and given the group the opportunity to comment. 

Update 23 October 2020

The council has received the Examination Arrangements Document which outlines how the examiner would like to undertake the examination.

Regulation 16 consultation comments

The comments received during the recent consultation which closed on 12 October 2020 can be found here. *Please note this consultation responses has been updated, see update on 20 November 2020 above*

Charfield Neighbourhood Plan Submission Documents

Charfield Neighbourhood Plan Submission

Below is the most update-to-date Charfield Neighbourhood Plan.

Evidence Base

Below you will find evidence base documents that support particular policies within the plan.

Materials for Consultations

Below you will find material used by the neighbourhood planning group at previous consultations.

Previous Consultation Responses

Below you will find responses to previous consultation run by the neighbourhood planning group.

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    27 Oct 2020 at 10:00
  • Closed
    1 May 2022 at 23:59

Consultation Documents


Consultation Topic
  • Planning policy & strategy
  • Transportation planning & policy
Geographical area
  • Charfield
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