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)

16. Step 1 - Sequential approach to sustainable locations for development in the PSP Plan

16.1 A sustainable locational strategy involves a sequential approach to selecting sites for housing allocations which have the best sustainable access to key services and facilities including employment opportunities. Sustainable access means the ability of those living within a community to walk and cycle, or utilise public transport, to access key services and facilities. In practice this means looking first at sites within the existing built up areas in the North and East Fringes of Bristol (including brownfield land), then the market towns of Yate & Chipping Sodbury and Thornbury and finally sustainable villages and settlements within the rural areas. The effect of additional housing on a village or settlement's ability to function as a sustainable, high quality place which meets local needs will need to be considered when making decisions on where and how much housing is proposed for allocation in the PSP Plan.

16.2 The adopted Core Strategy took the approach that the rural settlements in south Gloucestershire were less sustainable than the urban areas and market towns and so did not direct new housing to settlements in the rural areas. However, in the light of the change in circumstance set out in section 1, the PSP Plan is now likely to consider the potential for additional housing in rural areas. Therefore an assessment has been undertaken to determine the relative sustainable access to key services and facilities of settlements within the rural areas, which will be used to direct growth to sustainable locations.

16.3 The sequential assessment of locations and sites for further housing allocations in the PSP Plan, taking into account Green Belt policy, is as follows (please also see the flow diagram set out below):

  1. Look first at sites within the existing urban area and settlement boundaries (including brownfield land) outside the Green Belt; then
  2. Sites adjoining the market towns of Yate/Chipping Sodbury and Thornbury outside the Green Belt; then
  3. Sites adjoining sustainable villages within the rural areas outside the Green Belt

16.4 If it is not possible to find sufficient sites to meet the 5 year land supply shortfall from the above process then consideration will need to be given to whether this constitutes grounds to consider Green Belt sites, including a Green Belt review to test how the area contributes to the national Green Belt purposes, as follows

 4.   Sites adjoining the main urban area (North and East Fringe of Bristol urban area) in the Green Belt; then

 5.   Sites adjoining the market towns of Yate/Chipping Sodbury and Thornbury in the Green Belt; then

 6.   Sites adjoining sustainable villages within the rural areas in the Green Belt

16.5 Before considering housing allocations within the Green Belt, the following points will be taken into account;

  • The size of any remaining shortfall in housing supply;
  • Further options available to boost housing supply and/or accelerate delivery; such as (1) Working with Government (including the Homes and Community Agency) to overcome site delivery issues - securing funding for infrastructure and/or purchasing stalled sites. (2) The council setting up a housing company to purchase sites/develop sites with partners such as small builders or Housing Associations, (3) Establish memorandum of understandings with key developers to confirm commitment to the delivery profile for their major sites, and agreed process for managing any shortfalls; and
  • The conformity of the PSP Plan process of site assessment in relation to the Joint Spatial Plan consultation and processes towards the 'preferred options' stage.

 

 

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