Joint Spatial Plan - Update on proposed housing in Coalpit Heath

posted 24 Oct 2017, 09:42 by Phil Handy   [ updated 24 Oct 2017, 12:53 ]
VALID (Villagers Against Local Intended Development) have provided the following update on how the Joint Spatial Plan is progressing and what it might mean for our area.

The Bristol Post online had a leading article on 22 Oct 2017 about the Joint West of England Spatial Strategy plans for housing.

The reporter has done well to raise awareness amongst the general population of these proposed ideas and to condense all the mind boggling online documents into words and maps which can be easily understood. Unfortunately the article uses the phrase “will be built”, incorrectly implying that we are powerless to do anything about these proposals.  

The article should have mentioned that there will be a Consultation which will allow people to express their opinions about this plan.

One major point to note is that they have now increased the proposed housing for Coalpit Heath to 1800 homes rather than 1500. They're also now talking about 1,000 homes plus employment land on the edge of Yate, at Engine Common, Nibley and down to Westerleigh in the plan period, with a contingency for more.

Details of all the plans can be seen in the full Joint Spatial Plan document 

Now the submission draft of the Joint Spatial Plan has been published, it will be going to a series of meetings and VALID are trying to send someone to speak at each of them to ensure our objections are heard:

  • 23rd October 2.30pm, Armada House, Bristol  - Extraordinary meeting of the West of England Infrastructure Advisory Board - VALID were represented & detailed our objections to the plan
  • 30th October, 2pm, Bath Guildhall, next meeting of WECA (papers for that will be available on 20th October)
  • 6th November, 10am, Kingswood Civic Centre - South Gloucestershire Cabinet
  • 8th November, 7pm, Kingswood Civic Centre, South Gloucestershire Council

The proposed consultation period will be from the 22nd November 2017 to the 10th January 2018. If the plan is ready, and subject to any minor modifications, the Plan will then be submitted to the Secretary of State under regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) Regulations 2012, in March 2018 for a proposed Examination in Public (EiP) mid-2018. Following the examination and consideration of the Inspector’s report, the plan will be adopted by the four Authorities. Once adopted, the JSP will become a statutory Development Plan Document and will guide the four Councils in the development of their Local Plans. 

Once the consultation opens, VALID will provide further information about how to make your views known. 

In the meantime if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact them at validcampaign@gmail.com.