Oldbury on Severn : The Future of our Parish!!
South Gloucestershire Council along with the other local unitary authorities are preparing a West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP). The JSP will be a statutory Development Plan Document that will provide the strategic overarching development framework for the area until 2036. Additionally the South Gloucestershire Local Plan is being reviewed this will on completion reflect many of the decisions made in the JSP and also cover the period until 2036.
There are potentially serious implications in these processes which could impact on our Parish and of which we should be aware . It is of some importance that we understand this and put in place a plan which reflects what the community wish to see to ensure the Parish remains sustainable but retains its character and ethos in the years to come .
In October 2016 Oldbury on Severn Parish Council(OPC) resolved to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) to address this. An application for the Parish to be designated as a Neighbourhood Area was made and accepted.
What is Neighbourhood Planning?
The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 came into force on the 6th April 2012 and have subsequently been updated. These regulations provide for local communities to be able to produce Neighbourhood Plans (NDP) for their local area, putting in place planning policies for the future development and growth of the neighbourhood. These policies have material weight when planning decisions are being made, they can help to resist unwanted development and to promote the type of development the community wishes to see.
Once a NDP has passed independent examination to ensure it conforms with National Policy and does not contradict policies in the Local Plan a community referendum will be organised. If more than 50% of the votes are in favour of adopting the NDP it will become part of the Local Plan for planning related matters and will have the same legal status.