Monthly Archives: October 2015

Queens 90th Birthday 2016

The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter (who also covers South Gloucestershire), is organising an event to celebrate the Queen’s 90 th birthday next year.

The event is likely to be held in Thornbury and on Friday 22 April 2016. With regard to those to be invited, I would be very grateful for your assistance and any information you can provide on the following:

1 – Are you aware of any of your parishioners who will be 90 on 21 April 2016.

2 – Are you aware of any of your parishioners who will already be in their 90s next year.

3 – Are you aware of any voluntary groups / charities who you think should be invited.

Many thanks for your help, this would be much appreciated.

Fiona Thornton – Clerk

UPDATE: South Gloucestershire Local Plan: Policies, Sites and Places Plan (PSP Plan)

The PSP Plan is the final document in completing the up to date Local Plan for South Gloucestershire. The PSP Plan will replace the Minerals and Waste Local Plan (2002) and the South Gloucestershire Local Plan (2006). It contains a range of development management policies and a number of sites for a variety of land uses. It will be used to guide the determination of planning applications over the plan period, which is to 2027.


I am writing to update you on progress with the Policies, Sites and Plan. As you may remember, South Gloucestershire Council published its proposed submission PSP Plan, accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal (SA), a document setting out the changes to the Policies Map and a Main Issues Statement, for formal public consultation in summer 2015.

At that time, the intention had been to submit the plan and supporting documents, to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent Inspector, in October 2015.
However, following the outcome of a planning appeal relating to a residential scheme in Charfield, where the Inspector concluded that the Council cannot demonstrate a five year supply of deliverable housing land, additional work is required on the Plan.
This additional work is necessary in order to address the shortfall in supply of land for residential development, which needs to be made good in order for the plan to proceed through an Examination in Public.
This work is being carried out to ensure development in South Gloucestershire remains plan-led. Work on identifying additional housing allocations and designating Local Green Spaces need to be considered together, as some sites have been proposed for both.
Following the informal consultation that took place over summer 2015 on nominated Local Green Spaces, newly identified landowners affected by nominated spaces will be contacted.


We intend to undertake further public consultation starting in November 2015 on the approach that will be taken to address the shortfall in the five year housing land supply, you will receive information on where consultation material can be viewed and how to respond in due course.
All representations made during the summer 2015 consultation on the proposed submission version of the PSP Plan (dated March 2015) will be made available online, and advice on the weight that decision-takers can now give to the different policies of the PSP Plan, in accordance with national planning policy, will be provided.
In line with the revised timetable, the Council will bring forward a revised Proposed Submission Policies, Sites and Places Plan for formal public consultation (in line with Regulations 19 and 20) in summer 2016.
Please note that all of the comments we received on the proposed submission PSP Plan (dated March 2015) during the summer 2015 will still be taken into consideration and put to the appointed Inspector as part of the examination next year. The Council will write to all respondents asking for confirmation that they still wish their comments to be considered by the appointed Inspector, therefore avoiding the need to re-submit the representation again.
All additional information submitted through the Regulation 18 informal consultation on the nominated Local Green Spaces during the summer 2015 will be used to confirm which spaces are suitable for designation. These will be detailed in the revised Proposed Submission Policies, Sites and Places Plan due for consultation in summer 2016.
Information relating to the Policies, Sites and Places Plan, can be viewed on the Council’s website
If you have any questions, or would like further information about the Policies, Sites and Places Plan, please contact the Strategic Planning Policy Team at or alternatively on 01454 863469.