Drop-in workshop re the 1,800 homes proposed for Coalpit Heath.

posted 9 May 2018, 13:55 by Phil Handy
The event is being held from 1:30 to 6:30pm on Thursday 10th May 2018 at Coalpit Heath Village Hall (aka "The Miners").

Anyone can attend the drop-in event this Thursday on the 1,800 homes proposed for Coalpit Heath.
There had been some confusion because South Glos planners originally planned an invitation-only workshop event for key "stakeholders" - like the Parish Council and community groups. At some point this became a drop-in but when Westerleigh Ward Councillor Claire Young asked officers for clarification of the format last week she was told it was still invitation only. Yesterday they told her this was a mistake, it was now open to anyone.
Officers say:

"The 4 West of England Authorities have now submitted the Joint Spatial Plan to the Secretary of State for an Examination in Public, which is likely to take place later this year. Therefore, due to local interest we now wish to provide an opportunity for local people, key stakeholders and local representatives to discuss site master planning options such as:
The type and location of new local facilities and employment uses
The location and purpose of new green space(s)
The location of vehicle, foot and cycle routes into and through the site.

It will NOT however consider wider strategic transport issues which will be subject of their own formal public consultation period and events later this year."

They go on to add:

"Please note that final decisions regarding the Strategic Development Locations have not yet been made, and attendance will not affect any representations you may have made to the JSP or new Local Plan objecting to the principle of development at Coalpit Heath. We consider however, that it is important to consult with the local community and key stakeholders on such planning matters as there is developer interest in the location and the Council cannot prevent new planning applications coming forward."