Oldbury on Severn : The Future of our Parish!!
Updated October 2020
South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) were along with the other local unitary authorities preparing a West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP). The JSP was to be a statutory Development Plan Document that provided the strategic overarching development framework for the area until 2036. Additionally the South Gloucestershire Local Plan was being reviewed , on completion it would reflect many of the decisions made in the JSP and also cover the period until 2036.
In April 2020 the JSP was formally withdrawn but the four West of England Authorities and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) remain committed to working together on the best way forward on strategic planning policies for the sub-region to positively address its strategic planning needs including the Climate Emergency. This commitment will potentially culminate in Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) for the West of England.
Alongside the SDS, SGC will be preparing and up to date Local Plan . The intended programme and timetable can be viewed click here.
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 to 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.