public consultation on the Core Strategy amendmentsContents

  1. Context

  2. Scope of amendments

  3. Evidence

  4. The Consultation and Exhibitions

  5. Consultation Responses

  6. Consultation Report

Last updated: 3rd February 2014

 

This page relates to the Consultation on the Core Strategy Green Belt Amendments.  If you are wanting to view the home page for the Core Strategy Examination please click here.  There is also a page containing current and past news items, click here to view the Core Strategy News Achive.


1. Context

Earlier this year the Council consulted on proposed changes to the Core Strategy including the identification of broad locations where land should be removed from the Green Belt to help meet the District’s needs for housing.  These are at:

  • Odd Down/South Stoke
  • Weston
  • East Keynsham
  • South West Keynsham
  • Whitchurch

A Core Strategy Newspaper (November 2013) has been produced summarising the changes to these areas and the Core Strategy.  It is available to download here (6.7 MB).

The Council’s plans are now being scrutinized by a Government Inspector and he has asked the Council to provide more details about these proposed developments.

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2. Scope of amendments

In order to address the Inspector’s concerns around clarity of the proposals and housing delivery the Council has defined the boundaries of the five strategic sites.  This includes amendments to the Green Belt boundaries.  It was previously envisaged that this work would be undertaken in the Placemaking Plan but in light of the Inspector’s concerns, this work has been brought forward into the Core Strategy.  This means that the strategic sites will now not be considered in the Placemaking Plan.  Please note that these amendments do not relate to the principle of releasing land in these locations. 

Comments were invited on the strategic site allocations and the placemaking principles relating to their development and to the related Green Belt boundary changes.  Comments were also invited on alternative site and boundary options.  All changes will be tested through the Examination process.

These amendments are set out in a ‘Schedule of Core Strategy Amendments' (2.3 MB). 

In order to be helpful and for information purposes only the Council has also produced a composite version of the Submitted Core Strategy which incorporates the Proposed Changes March 2013 and Amendments November 2013.

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3. Evidence

A significant amount of evidence base work has been done to inform site allocations and much of this was published on 13th September 2013 as part of the Examination process.  This and any additional evidence informing the site allocation details are available via this link.  The evidence is also available within the Core Documents List (Page 31, reference CD/10 onwards)

Also produced for this stage is an Addendum to the Sustainability Appraisal Report on the Proposed changes to the Submitted Core Strategy.  This is available within the Core Documents List and directly below:

    1. SA Report November 2013 (Core Documents List Reference CD10/A1/1)
    2. SA Annex N Policy Appraisal Matrices (Core Documents List Reference CD10/A1/2)
    3. SA Annex O Policy Appraisal Matrices (Core Documents List Reference CD10/A1/3)

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4. The Consultation and Exhibitions

The ‘Schedule of Core Strategy Amendments’ was published for comment between 11th November and 20th December 2013.  Only comments on the amendments or the strategic site allocations were accepted. 

All consultation documents, including the Schedule, comments form and guidance note and background evidence were made available from Monday 11th November 2013. A Core Strategy Newspaper, November 2013 (6.5) summarising the changes was also made available.

A number of staffed exhibitions events were held at the locations listed below to enable people to find out more about the proposals and how to comment on the Core Strategy Amendments:

  • Wednesday 13th November - South Stoke Village Hall between 3.00pm and 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 13th November - Odd Down, St Gregory’s College between 6.00pm and 8.00pm
  • Thursday 14th November - Weston All Saints Centre* between 3.00pm and 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 19th November - Whitchurch United Reformed Church between 3.00pm and 7.00pm
  • Thursday 21st November - Keynsham Key Centre* between 3.00pm and 7.00pm

Comments received by the 20th December deadline were forwarded to the Inspector for his consideration.

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5. Consultation Responses

The responses to the consultation on the Core Strategy Amendments have been sent to the Planning Inspector.  They are available below and are sorted by the Change Reference Number:

The original comments, including any supporting information sent in with them, are available for public view in redacted form (i.e. with personal contact information removed) at the One Stop Shop in Manvers Street, Bath. 

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6. Consultation Report

The Council has produced a Consultation Report which details how the Council engaged the public and other stakeholders in the consultation process.  This can be viewed and downloaded via this link.

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