From today (Thursday 12 January) we are consulting on a new Local Plan for South Gloucestershire and we are encouraging residents and people who work in the area to have their say.
The new South Gloucestershire Local Plan (SGLP) will cover the whole of the area for the period 2018 to 2036. The Plan will guide development and include the policies which will be used when making decisions on planning applications.
The consultation lasts for six weeks until Thursday 23 February and we are asking people for their feedback and to let us know what they feel should be included in the Plan. All the information is available online at www.southglos.gov.uk/newlocalplanprospectus
Planning, Transport & Strategic Environment lead member Cllr Colin Hunt said: “We would like to encourage everyone who lives and works in the area to comment on our new Local Plan prospectus. It is important that we have up to date Local Plan policies to determine planning applications against, so please get involved, have your say and let us know what you think should be included.”
Last year, in partnership with our three neighbouring authorities, we published the latest stage of the Joint Spatial Plan ‘Towards an Emerging Joint Spatial Strategy’ as well as the ‘Joint Transport Vision Summary’ document. These set out the overall amount of residential and employment development required, and where it should be located across the West of England, along with the West of England’s vision to address current transport issues and how best to deal with the impact of future growth for the next 20 years.
By working on these strategies together, the aim is to ensure that development is sustainable and takes account of the fact that people live, work and travel across council boundaries.
The Joint Spatial Plan will ultimately provide the strategic context covering the period up to 2036, which the new SGLP will need to comply with. This means that the amount and locations of new housing and employment set out in the JSP which relate to South Gloucestershire will need to be included in and delivered through the SGLP. Both plans, upon their adoption, will be used by the council to determine planning applications.