South Gloucestershire Local Plan: Policies, Sites and Places Plan - Regulation 18 Consultation (2015)

South Gloucestershire Local Plan: Policies, Sites and Places Plan - Regulation 18 Consultation (2015)

6. Local Green Space Designation

6.1 Local Green Space is a designation that effectively provides Green Belt status to spaces that are of particular importance and local significance to communities. In line with national policy, spaces can only be designated where they are consistent with the local planning of sustainable development and complement investment in sufficient homes, jobs and other essential services.

6.2 In March 2015, the council decided to separately consult on this element of the PSP Plan, in an informal manner, with the intention of formally consulting on the final list around the same time the other elements of the plan were to be submitted. Informal consultation in relation to the designation of Local Green Spaces in accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 took place in summer 2015, landowners/leaseholders were contacted during this time.

6.3 Due to the change in circumstance in respect of the housing land supply, work on identifying additional housing allocations and on designating local green spaces need to be considered together, as perhaps unsurprisingly a number of Local Green Space sites have also been proposed as housing sites. Government policy requires the council to be sure that any Local Green Space designation should be in conformity with the need to allocate sufficient housing land to address the shortfall in the 5 year housing land supply.

6.4 Following the informal consultation that took place over summer 2015, newly identified landowners affected by nominated spaces are being contacted.