Council blueprint for new homes in South Gloucestershire open to public consultation
Possible locations for new housing developments in South Gloucestershire will be discussed at a special meeting on Thursday, when the public examination of South Gloucestershire Council’s long-term planning blueprint, or “core strategy”, is re-opened for one day.
Government-appointed Planning Inspector Paul Crysell reviewed the strategy in detail at a public examination last summer and proposed a number of modifications, including suggesting that more land be made available for housing development between 2012 and 2017.
The core strategy had proposed that provision be made for 8,493 homes during this period but the inspector asked for this figure to be increased by 852 to 9,345.
The additional hearing day this week will consider possible locations for this additional development and provide an opportunity for all interested parties to share their views.
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In its response to the inspector’s proposed modifications, published in November, the council argued that an increase in the five-year housing target was inappropriate given current market conditions and levels of housing need.
However it said that if the inspector insisted on the increase, provision could be made for approximately 600 homes using sites already earmarked for development within the strategy.
The remaining shortfall would need to be found in a new development site.
The session will be held between 10am and 5pm at the Kingswood Civic Centre on Thursday, March 7. Only people who have previously registered their interest will be invited to speak, but members of the public are welcome to attend.
Following the hearing day, the inspector’s revised modifications will be submitted for a six-week consultation period. The inspector expects to submit his final report to the council during the week beginning June 24.
Further information on the hearing day is available at www.southglos.gov.uk/corestrategyexamination