South Gloucestershire New Local Plan Phase 1 Responses

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Response #919648
From Louise Powell - Thornbury Town…
Date Started: 08 Apr 2021 11:43. Last modified: 08 Apr 2021 11:43
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Information on the Local Plan

 

To view the Phase 1 Issues and Approaches document including the sections referred to in this questionnaire, please visit www.southglos.gov.uk/LocalPlan2020.

1: Understanding who is responding

Please help us understand the type of groups and people that are responding and engaging with the preparation of our new Local Plan, by choosing which one of the following stakeholder groups you best represent.

You must choose one option to be able to submit your response.

You must provide an answer to this question.

Town and Parish Council or Clerk
If other, please state:
«No response»

2: Issues

We have set out 55 issues which our Local Plan will need to consider.

The 55 issues are set out in this section of our document.  

Do you agree that these are the right issues for our plan to consider?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't know

3: Issues

Would you like to comment on any of the issues or add new issues? Please note the name of the issue in your comments, or tell us what additional issues you think our plan should consider.

They are the right issues to address but they will need a different emphasis on
different issues.

4: Priorities

Do you agree with the potential priorities?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't know

5: Priorities

Do you have any comments on the potential priorities?

The priorities look fine but it important that these are consistently dealt with
throughout the plan and not forgotten. They must be given ‘teeth’ to be able to be
implemented/ addressed. At every stage they should be considered in a linked
and holistic manner.

6: Strategy- Where will development go

Do you agree with the five building blocks (Urban Areas, Urban Extensions, Market Towns, Rural Villages, New Settlements)?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

7: Strategy- Where will development go

Do you have any comments on the five building blocks (Urban Areas, Urban Extensions, Market Towns, Rural Villages, New Settlements)?

The Town Council disagrees with the wording in block 3. There appears to be no
account taken of the excessive development that has already taken place within
Thornbury outside of a plan and without adequate infrastructure developments
or improvements.

It is important that if further development is to take place there needs to be
increased employment and infrastructure improvements to make Thornbury
sustainable. At the moment Thornbury, as the plan states, does not have
adequate employment allocations or transport options to accommodate further
growth.

Any removal or greenbelt would need to be replaced with a similar sized area
elsewhere to prevent urban sprawl.

The planned transport network through the Local Transport Plan should not be
what drives housing growth. It should firstly be about creating sustainable areas
of employment and housing and then transport should be reviewed after this is
planned. E.g., it is unrealistic to think that Thornbury will have a direct metro bus
route.

8: Strategy- Where will development go

Do you agree with the initial guiding principles?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

9: Strategy- Where will development go

Do you think we have missed any key, initial guiding principles?

The Town Council is concerned that any review of the Green Belt should be holistic. It should not just be used as an opportunity to increase housing allocations but should ensure that all development respects the intrinsic character of the area rather than create ‘urban sprawl’. Any Green Belt removed should be replaced elsewhere.

10: Urban Lifestyles

Do you agree with our Urban Lifestyles approach to investigate further change and growth in our urban areas?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't know

11: Urban Lifestyles

Do you have any comments on the Urban Lifestyle approach to investigate further growth and change in our urban areas?

Thornbury should not be classified as an ‘urban area’ and should not be listed on P76.

The Town Council feels that there should be a separate category of ‘Market Towns’ with the same type of questions that are asked for urban lifestyles and rural villages and settlements.

It is important to distinguish that Thornbury is not an ‘urban area’. Thornbury does not have good transport links such as railway and infrastructure associated with an Urban area. Elsewhere in the plan it is listed as a rural market town and should be considered as one. For example, it does not have realistic prospects of the infrastructure required
to be considered an urban area such as a dedicated metro bus link.

12: Urban Lifestyles

Do you agree with the areas where the Urban Lifestyles approach should be investigated?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't know

13: Urban Lifestyles

Do you have any comments on individual locations we have set out, or other locations which should be investigated for an urban lifestyles approach for further growth and change in our urban areas?

As per response to question 11. Also, to note that Thornbury Town Centre does not have land it can readily expand into apart from areas of greenbelt or areas which would increase flooding risk. In page 112 it should be noted and taken into consideration that Thornbury has already taken a large increase in housing needs for South Gloucestershire through unplanned development. This should limit further large increases.

14: Creating Sustainable Rural Villages and Settlements

Do you agree with our proposed approach to the national policy issues highlighted,  like flood risk, the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Green Belt, and other planning considerations and issues?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't know

15: Creating Sustainable Rural Villages and Settlements

Do you have any comments on our proposed approach to investigate an appropriate level of growth in our rural villages and settlements?

Q14 - As before, if Green Belt is removed, it should be replaced in an equal amount.

Q15 - No comment.

16: Creating Sustainable Rural Villages and Settlements

Are there any other planning issues you think we should consider?

Sustainability criteria should be appropriate to the location. i.e., the same criteria for requirements of proximity to certain services should not be the same in villages and rural areas as those in a Market Town Setting- this would be unrealistic and would prevent development in rural settings.

17: Policies

Do you agree with the range and scope of policies we are proposing to include in our new Local Plan?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

18: Policies

Do you have any comments on the range and scope of policies we are proposing?

The approach needs to strategically balance housing development with employment areas. This should include specific areas of flood risk where appropriate development could be built such as the Avonside, Severnside, Avonmouth employment areas.

The Local Transport Plan should not be driving the development areas, instead the areas should be developed to balance employment and housing in a sustainable way with transport plans being reviewed accordingly.

19: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Climate Change and Mitigation

Do you agree with our proposed policy approach?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

20: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Climate Change and Mitigation

Do you think there are any other issues we should consider in this policy?

Opportunities should be taken to protect and enhance green spaces in all areas i.e., Market Town developments as well as rural areas. Any opportunity to build ‘green’ into the urban landscape should be taken.

21: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Energy Management in New Development

Do you agree with our proposed policy approach?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

22: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Energy Management in New Development

Do you think there are any other issues we should consider in this policy?

«No response»

23: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Renewable and Low Carbon Energy System

Do you agree with our proposed policy approach?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

24: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Renewable and Low Carbon Energy System

Do you think there are any other issues we should consider in this policy?

«No response»

25: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Creating well-designed places

Do you agree with our proposed policy approach?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

26: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Creating well-designed places

Do you think there are any other issues we should consider in this policy?

Flexibility should be available to be specific about the type and range of housing to meet needs in different areas.

27: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Parking Requirements

Do you agree with our proposed policy approach?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

28: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Parking Requirements

Do you think there are any other issues we should consider in this policy?

The Council agrees that different approaches to this requirement should be applied in different areas. There should not be one policy for all areas, but different approaches should be applied in urban, Market Town and rural areas.

29: Appendix 2: Draft policies: NSIPs and Related Development

Do you agree with our proposed policy approach?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

30: Appendix 2: Draft policies: NSIPs and Related Development

Do you think there are any other issues we should consider in this policy?

«No response»

31: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Nuclear New Build

Do you agree with our proposed policy approach?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

32: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Nuclear New Build

Do you think there are any other issues we should consider in this policy?

The Town Council supports the current bid to carry out fusion research in the area

33: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Oldbury A Station - Decommissioning

Do you agree with our proposed policy approach?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

34: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Oldbury A Station - Decommissioning

Do you think there are any other issues we should consider in this policy?

The Council would support that any land returned is considered for both agricultural and environmental land uses. The Council is aware that most of the land was previously agricultural use, however we would support a full appraisal of land use to maximise any possible environmental use of the land including the protection of any environmental or ecological uses that have arisen.

35: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Radioactive Waste

Do you agree with our proposed policy approach?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

36: Appendix 2: Draft policies: Radioactive Waste

Do you think there are any other issues we should consider in this policy?

«No response»

Q37

Phase 1 General or Other Comments

«No response»

Q38

Consultation ‘Other’ comments (Call for Sites, WECA and SDS, Evidence base, other strategies, planning applications)

«No response»

Q39

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