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Charfield Consultation

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Dec 2nd 2014 19:36

Please be aware of a consultation on future new homes in Charfield which will take place in the Memorial Hall on 11th December. More details on the parish council web site. This is an important consultation, and will undoubtedly shape our village in the years to come. [external link]

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Dec 8th 2014 22:24

To update this. The consultation has been postponed. Watch this space, or that one...

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Jan 4th 2015 10:48

The Public Inquiry for Charfield Green begins on Tuesday 6th January 2015, and is held at Eastwood Park, Falfield, GL12 8DA from 10:00.

This Inquiry is to resolve the appeal against a refusal to Permit 106 new homes to be built on the eastern edge of our village. That it is a Public Inquiry rather than a Planning Appeal sets out how important this issue os both for Charfield and for South Gloucestershire as a whole.

It would serve our community well if as many people as were able attended the opening of the Inquiry. Please let the Clerk know if you can attend.

Click here to view user informationBig-guy   Jan 6th 2015 21:32

Hi Mark I would like to have gone to the inquiry but have been working today. Is there any other time(s) that I can go? I feel strongly about this proposed development and would welcome the chance to voice my opinion.

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Jan 9th 2015 19:33

I'm sorry Big-guy, as you can imagine it's been a busy time and I don't monitor this site constantly. The public evidence was presented this morning and although I wasn't there because of work I understand Charfield acquitted itself very well. The matters continue next Tuesday through Friday and updates are on the Parish Web Site. Link to the right of this page.

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Jan 13th 2015 18:37

Updates on the Public Inquiry continue on the parish council web site, but I would note that the site visit is now planned for Thursday (time to be confirmed). We will update the web site once the time is known.

We were all impressed by the number of residents that turned up for day one and those who have turned up every day. If you were to turn out for the site visit it would be noticed, I'm sure, although you won't be allowed to address the Inspector directly.

It's all in the balance...

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Jan 14th 2015 17:58

Ok, a few changes from yesterday’s predictions…

Tomorrow’s (Thursday’s) day starts at 09:30, and the site visit is back to Friday again. More on that later.

Today we heard from Mr Donnagh on housing requirements and Mr Read spoke on housing land supply but was not cross examined. That will be tomorrow morning, now.

Tomorrow afternoon we will hear from Mr Barnes on the planning balance, meaning as I say that the site visit will be Friday, probably in the morning.

Now, as to the site visit we are being firmly advised that the Inspector will visit the site and the locale, and she will be accompanied by a few folk including Parish Councillors and Clerk. She is happy that people may wish to witness the visit at the start, but she does not wish to hear from residents now (that was last Friday and you did very well) or be trailed around the village, and neither does she wish to be presented with placards and banners – beyond those few we have out already. I guess we have to take this on board, and so please no barracking or buttonholing.

As previously mentioned, the closing submissions by both South Gloucestershire and the Appellant will take place on Friday at Eastwood Park, and you are still very welcome to attend this Inquiry.

Click here to view user informationBig-guy   Jan 25th 2015 17:48

Hi Mark, I've just tried to find an update on the consultation but the parish website is down. Is there any more news?

Click here to view user informationsbomford   Jan 27th 2015 09:46

Yes, I have been checking the website since Friday 16th to see what happened at the proposed location visit & have heard/seen nothing. This is most disappointing after all the great effort that was put in place during the 8 day consultation period. I'm keen to find out the latest!

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Jan 27th 2015 17:04

I'm sorry to say there was a massive and catastrophic outage of the parish council web site last week, and I've not had the opportunity to address that yet. There is a full Council meeting tonight, in the Foundation Rooms for a change, at 19h30. After that I will update matters here, and try and get the web site back as soon as...

Click here to view user informationsbomford   Jan 28th 2015 10:42

Hi Mark. Thanks for your support as always. It's just that I'm keen to find out the latest developments & feel a little in the dark at the moment. Keep up the good work.....

Click here to view user informationsbomford   Jun 3rd 2015 13:18

I just wondered if there has been any further news on the proposed developments in Charfield. Both the Parish Council & South Glos websites have been conspicuously silent since around February time......

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Jun 4th 2015 20:51

Silent? Not so much, I think. However, the current situation is that nothing has changed. As far as I know the Day House Leaze appeal is waiting for time in the London High Courts, and the Inspector's Report for the Charfield Green appeal is due (I think) mid-July.

Actually, checking our web site I can see how you feel nothing has been said recently. I'll get that sorted. Thanks.

With the election results, we now have a slim majority Conservative government and a Conservative led Local Authority too. Your guess is probably as good as mine as to how that might affect these appeals.

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Jun 8th 2015 12:18

I expect to provide an update to the Council regarding Charfield Green at tomorrow's full council meeting. Public welcome.

Click here to view user informationalex88   Jun 29th 2015 21:09

Hi, mark any update on him this that you're aware of?

Click here to view user informationsbomford   Jun 30th 2015 11:21

I see the comments in the Gazette are as follows "Last week an inspector from the central government planning service overturned South Gloucestershire Council’s rejection of an outline planning bid for up to 106 houses near Charfield. The inspector made clear that the national planning framework has an in-built presumption in favour of development if the local planning authority cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites.". I wonder if Mark could perhaps kindly explain where we are in the process of having this blight on the village built?

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Jul 3rd 2015 18:52

Sorry folks, I've been away and I'm just home and catching up with stuff.

The next full meeting of the Parish Council is 14th July at 19h30 in the Hall, and if you want the best information we have that's the place to be.

I don't currently know for sure how South Gloucestershire will be responding, so anything I say here right now would be speculation.

Click here to view user informationsbomford   Jul 6th 2015 16:37

Hi Mark. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Jul 14th 2015 23:14

In brief, because it's all legalese... the Charfield Green appellant's lawyers were able to demonstrate that South Gloucestershire did not have a five year housing land supply, upon which it and we relied.

The inspector also determined that Charfield was a sustainable location and that the overall benefit of the development would outweigh the loss of countryside. South Gloucestershire will not be challenging the decision. The outline permission stands, and a full planning application should be expected before long.

The Day House Leaze decision should be received shortly, and even if it is refused there is a follow-up application pending which would be hard to justify refusing by South Gloucestershire given the aforementioned appeal decision.

I'd be wise not to type my feelings into this box... However, currently all bets are off for developments in any part of South Gloucestershire not covered by Green Belt protections, and Charfield would be best served by speedily crafting a Neighbourhood Plan as recognised by the Localism Act. More on this later.

"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Jul 15th 2015 12:46

Update: [external link]

Click here to view user informationang   Jul 16th 2015 10:47

Trounced by the professionals. Inevitable really. They have the benefit of a healthy budget to throw at it. Time to look at the positives then..

S106 contributions, more people to use the pubs and shops, maybe incentives to the council to improve public transport

Click here to view user informationsbomford   Jul 22nd 2015 09:48

Hi Mark. Thanks for the detailed feedback. I can only say how enormously disappointed I am with this decision. My reasons for enjoying Charfield as a rural location are now being eroded by what seems to be a enormously poor performance by our council. My first thoughts are - If South Glos have really made such a poor job on this issue, what comeback do we have as ratepayers? Are they going to do something about this poor plan in order to stop the predators attacking again? In the meanwhile, I will wait for the disruption, the negative effect on wildlife, the extra time taken to get out on the main road etc etc....

Click here to view user informationBig-guy   Jul 31st 2015 22:29

As with others here I am bitterly disappointed about this and well done to Ang for trying to see the bright side I genuinely admire your spirit.

Tomorrow AM the Gazette are looking for disgruntled villages to have photo taken to show their objection. Stevens shop has the details.

Click here to view user informationalex88   Aug 27th 2015 12:00

just curious, mark do you have any idea when they are going to be building the new houses at the bottom of the village then?

also any updates with the other houses by the school?


"Chair of Charfield PC" : Click for more detailsMark_Rosher   Aug 30th 2015 17:45

Hi Alex88 and all. To clarify, the planning application which was recently allowed after significant opposition from your parish and county councils, from village residents and from surrounding folk too was an Outline application. You can review it on the South Glos planning portal under the application number PT13/4182/O.

Outline permission is an "in principle" agreement, and while they have this it is a long road from here to houses. Apart from anything else, Gladman Developers are not house builders; they are an organisation that buys land, generally on the outskirts of towns and villages, and force through planning agreements before selling the land on for far more money. To quote them "We obtain residential planning consents on edge of town greenfield sites and use our expertise and financial resources to proactively promote the sites and secure planning permission."

No building will take place before a Full detailed Planning Application is received, and you can be certain your parish council will be working to make this the best new build we can, and certainly we will be looking at the construction site hours, noise and traffic management for example. We will put information up on the parish council web site, which I hope you check on regularly in any case. ;-)

Similarly, the Outline permission for Day House Lease (31 homes and a 60 bed dementia home) was allowed recently. That too will now need a Full detailed planning application. It's going to be busy for a while, but we'll keep to posted. You're all always welcome to attend the monthly parish council meetings where such things are discussed, the next one is Tuesday 8th September at 7:30pm in the Hall.

Hope this helps.

Click here to view user informationang   Aug 31st 2015 17:12

Aside from minor detail like site hours and noise - which are only temporary, we should push for developments with some architectural merit rather than simply another high-density estate rammed with boring modern boxes.

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