Publow with Pensford Parish Council together with local residents have drawn up a Neighbourhood plan for the area.
Neighbourhood planning is an initiative giving local people rights to help shape the development of their communities. Policies included need to conform to strategic planning policies and guidance at the local, national and European level and need to demonstrate support from the local community.
In planning the future of their villages, residents of Publow and Pensford identified 4 key issues which their plan addresses:
· Housing and Development
· Business and Technology
· Environment and Leisure
· Traffic and Transport
The Plan is made up of policies on planning and land use, which will become part of the Development Plan, together with community action policies which set out some of the priorities local people want addressed through a range of initiatives, including encouraging the provision of small scale affordable housing schemes, supporting new shops and businesses, encouraging the provision of superfast broadband infrastructure and reducing the impact of traffic in the villages.
The plan focuses on protecting the character of the villages by addressing the quality of new development and the design and materials used whilst respecting the Green Belt location.
Cllr Liz Richardson (Conservative, Chew Valley North) Cabinet Member for Homes and Planning said: “The Neighbourhood Plan has provided local residents with the opportunity to shape the future of their community. I’m delighted so many people wanted to get involved and have their say. Both Pensford and Publow have special unique characteristics, the plan will ensure these attractive villages continue to thrive.”
Having successfully passed its community referendum the Plan will shortly be ‘made and brought into force’ by Bath & North East Somerset Council.