The Kingswood Neighbourhood Development Plan received overwhelming public support at Referendum on 4 May 2017, with around 95% of votes in favour of the Plan being ‘made’. This is one of the first Neighbourhood Plans where we have provided support from the initial stages of plan-making through to a successful outcome. We supported the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to set out a comprehensive range of policies to address matters such as landscape character, flood risk, Local Green Spaces, and good design. This included looking to reflect the Parish’s own Village Design Guide and Environmental Character Assessment within statutory development plan policies.
The context for preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan was complicated by extensive promotion activity being undertaken in the Parish by several major developers. Our work for the Parish Council included extensive liaison with the local planning authority to ensure general conformity with the Stroud District Local Plan.
Following Submission, the appointed Examiner arranged a public hearing session to explore in detail the views of different stakeholders. We attended this session and made extensive written and verbal representations on behalf of the Parish Council. The Examiner recognised recent levels of development and pressure on local infrastructure, agreeing that the Neighbourhood Plan should provide further policy detail but echo the approach of the Local Plan to direct future growth to within Settlement Development Limits.