South Gloucestershire New Local Plan Phase 1 Responses

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Response #944743
From North Thornbury Landowners Con…
Agent Malcolm Pink - John Alison Lan…
Date Started: 29 Apr 2021 12:39. Last modified: 29 Apr 2021 12:39
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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.

Developer, land agent or site promoter
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.

Key Issue 42. Thornbury should be included here as it has significant services/facilities within walking cycling distances and it is supported by Public Transport providing connections to the Northern Fringe and Bristol.

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?

None.

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)?

We agree that the five building blocks identified encompass the broad range of areas where housing growth might be located and confirm our belief that a robust Local Plan will contain elements of all of these.

It is important that to note that housing requirements are not yet agreed, but the evidence base gathered for the previous JSP indicated a significant need for housing across the District. Although the JSP document has now been withdrawn the position has not changed and neither has the potential for unmet demand from Bristol.

In respect of Building block 1, given the scale of housing need, we agree with the Issues and Approaches document that it is unlikely that housing need for the District could be met from the urban areas, through regeneration, renewal or re-use of Brownfield land.

In respect of Building block 2, whilst sustainable development should continue, we are worried that the significant expansion in recent years, with more growth planned, will degrade the area rather than provide a sustainable answer to support housing delivery. Most housebuilders in the North and East Fringe, would agree that the volume of sales outlets is starting to impact on delivery numbers and this is set to get worse. Directing significantly more development to this area could reduce the benefits of living in the area to all residents and be sub-optimal to sustainable future investment.

In respect of Building block 5, whilst the principle may be ‘flavour of the month,’ recent experience has shown that the almost insurmountable problems of land assembly, delivery, infrastructure, transport and sustainability, make any meaningful contribution within a defined Local Plan period of less than 25 years extremely unreliable. Many schemes in other Local Authority areas have been relied upon in the early stages of a Plan process only to find that the reality for delivery is Decades away from that originally envisaged. Perhaps look now but expect real delivery in the next Plan period.

We support the strategy envisaged in Building Blocks 3 and 4 and would expect that the highest proportion of the housing numbers should be delivered, outside of the Green Belt and AONB. This has the added benefit of spreading investment, economic growth and infrastructure improvements to enable sustainable connectivity, across the District. Also, because of the diversity of locations in Building blocks 3 and 4, these benefits would be spread across a number of housing market areas, fulfilling geographic need, consistent delivery and economic growth for the three market towns and rural settlements outside the Green Belt.

These points are demonstrated by the NTLC site adjoining Oldbury Lane.

The NTLC site represents an excellent opportunity to deliver attractive and sustainable growth at Thornbury which could deliver a wide range of benefits for the future and existing residents of Thornbury.

The site was submitted to the recent Call for Sites (Land adjoining Spring Farm, Thornbury) and now with the addition of the adjoining land, the capacity should support around 350 homes. A full suite of technical appraisals will be available shortly, however initial desktop studies and initial site investigations lead us to believe that the site will support this level of sustainable growth, not restricted by constraints such as Green Belt, AONB, flood risk, landscape or heritage.

The site's location should enable the provision of many positive benefits associated with the development proposals not at present available in this area of Thornbury, including the significant provision of usable recreational open space.

Other benefits should include the provision of a good quality Public Transport connection into Thornbury (and then onto the North Fringe and into Bristol), walking and cycling links to neighbouring services and facilities including Schools, medical facilities and Thornbury town centre. The proximity of Thornbury town centre and its existing services will provide benefits for future residents and also support the existing retail and leisure premises in the town.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss these representations with you and respond to any queries you may have.

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?

«No response»

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?

An over-reliance on the provision of apartments may not match market demand and recent housing transactions seem to show that after the Covid pandemic there may be a paradigm shift in the housing market away from apartments other than in city-centre locations.

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?

«No response»

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?

None.

16: Creating Sustainable Rural Villages and Settlements

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

None.

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?

None.

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?

This is a complex policy area and we support the production of a technical guide to underpin the policy.

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?

Generally support the Council’s ambitions, but the Council should not go further or go earlier than the proposed Future Homes Standard or purport to enhance Building Regulations beyond current sustainable construction methods. This policy requires significant work to provide an evidence base before further consultation.

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?

«No response»

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?

«No response»

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?

«No response»

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?

«No response»

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)

Land off Oldbury Lane, Thornbury.

Q39

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