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IRON ACTON PARISH COUNCIL REJECTS "DEEPLY FLAWED" YATE EXPANSION PLAN AND CALLS ON INSPECTORS TO INTERVENE

The plan to build 2,000 new houses on Green Belt land in Iron Acton Parish has been roundly rejected by Iron Acton Parish Council. 

At its December meeting the Parish Council resolved to continue its strong opposition to the proposal for a major new settlement within the parish. It described the proposal as deeply flawed and the West of England Joint Spatial Plan as "unsound" because it failed to follow national planning policy. It concluded that the proposal contained in the West of England Joint Spatial Plan would:

"wipe out unspoilt countryside, irrevocably damage part of the River Frome Site of Nature Conservation Interest and extend Yate to within a stone's throw of Iron Acton Village. … the lack of recognition of, and empathy for the value, beauty and unique nature of the local built environment in Iron Acton forebodes a tragic loss of irreplaceable historical assets". 

Responding to the latest consultation on the West of England Joint Spatial Plan, the Parish Council went on to highlight serious gaps in the supporting transport anallysis. The plan unaccountably failed to take account of the proposed M4 Junction 18A south of Yate for which South Gloucestershire Council had been campaigning vigorously. References to essential crossings of the Yate to Thornbury railway and the Frome River were vague and un-costed. There was no consideration of the potential for reintroducing passenger traffic on the re-opened Yate to Thornbury rail line despite its potential to provide an important of alternative to road traffic.

"In the view of Iron Acton Parish Council, it is incumbent on the West of England Combined Authorities and central government to work together under the devolution agreement to confirm and bring forward Junction 18A as a matter of urgency. The Parish Council considers that the Inspectors should test, as part of the examination of the JSP, the implications for the soundness and viability of the JSP in general, and proposals for the North West Yate in particular, of the failure to take account of the proposals for M4 Junction 18A." 

Councillor Robert Lomas, Chairman of Iron Acton Parish Council, said:

"We would regard it as perverse and irresponsible of the West of England Unitary Authorities to proceed with the North West Yate strategic development in the face of the shortcomings in the proposed Joint Spatial Plan. We now look to the Inspectors to address these flaws as part of the Planning Inquiry."

The full text of the Parish Council's response to the consultation by the West of England Unitary Authorities on the Technical Evidence Work supporting the Joint Spatial Plan - Here 

 

 

Warning - Level Cossings to go live in Iron Acton

Motorists are being warned to take care at the three level crossings in Iron Acton as the Tytherington to Yate Freight lines reopens. One train a day will come through carrying materials from Whatle Quarry in Somerset to Avonmouth. The crossings are in Latteridge, The Iron Acton bypass and Station Road in Iron Acton Village. For your safety please be aware the crossings are not manned and no barriers placed at the level crossings, the track is now classed as operational.

 Iron Acton Parish Council Privacy Notice - Read

 

"Dear Iron Action Parishioner,

 PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT OF IRON ACTON'S GREENS

 As you will be aware, Iron Acton has two formally designated greens, in Iron Acton village and in Latteridge.  Parish Council bylaws forbid unauthorised vehicular access or camping on both greens and the bylaws can be enforced through the courts.  However, this is a costly and slow process.  Following unauthorised camping on the village green earlier this summer Iron Acton Parish Council has been considering whether more should be done to protect and enhance the two greens. The council now has 'in principle' proposals and would welcome thoughts and comments from interested parishioners.

 Iron Acton village green

The village green is open and accessible which makes it particularly vulnerable. The Parish Council has decided in principle that it should be protected physically from unauthorised vehicular access while ensuring that it can still be used for events such as May Day on the Green.  The council regards it as essential to maintain the open feel of the green along with easy pedestrian access and has, therefore, decided against the erection of fences, bars or railings.  It is considering, instead, individual rocks or short, free-standing posts spaced closely enough together to bar vehicles while minimising nuisance for pedestrians.  It has also had suggestions for enhancing the green through adding benches and/or flower planting (in beds, planters or a rockery). The council will consider suggestions for such enhancements provided there are individuals or organisations willing and able to establish and maintain them for the foreseeable future.

Latteridge green

Latteridge green is more protected than Iron Acton village green with banks, rocks and trees limiting access for some of its perimeter.  It is also smaller, has a wilder feel and tends to become boggy in wet weather. Perhaps as a result of this, it does not seem to have a history of unauthorised vehicular access. The Parish Council has decided in principle that a conservative approach would be best for Latteridge green and that no changes should be made unless a problem develops in the future.

 Before making a final decision the Parish Council would welcome the views of parishioners these proposals along with any other suggestions you may have.  If you would like to comment please do so to:

Donna Ford - Clerk to Iron Acton Parish Council

email - clerk@ironactonparishcouncil.com

telephone - 01454 501134 / 07790883503

address -33 Hatherley, Yate, Bristol, BS374LT

 Please ensure your comments reach the Clerk by 14th September 2018 to enable them to be considered at the next meeting of the Parish Council.

 

LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION

"On 5 February 2018 South Gloucestershire Council announced a consultation on its revised Local Plan. This follows the earlier consultation on the West of England Joint Spatial Strategy and is intended to take forward its proposals for strategic development locations along with smaller developments in the towns and villages of South Gloucestershire. It includes the plan for a major new housing development within Iron Acton Parish (the North West Yate Strategic Development Location). The consultation will run from 5 February to 30 April. You can find the details at this link www.southglos.gov.uk/newlocalplanfeb2018 We will provide further details shortly of how the proposals are likely to affect Iron Acton Parish."

LOCAL PLAN BRIEF - READ 

  Headline - 1000-2000 home planning decision being considered which would create a large housing estate on the east end of Iron Acton Parish affecting Yate Road, Nibley lane, Bridge Road, Hope Road & Dyers Lane

There is a very impactive planning consultation by SGC with a deadline of 10th January 2018. This is about SGC working together with Bath & NE Somerset, Bristol and North Somerset, to provide for a total of 105,000 homes over the next 20 years. They have already effectively decided that this means SGC building 32,500 homes which in turn means they want to build 1000-2000 of them in our parish.

The issue has been slightly confused by the fact that the 'here' that they have described is being called 'North West Yate' - the bombshell is that actually this means a large part of Iron Acton parish, covering North Road round westwards and southwards to Nibley and swallowing up large tracts of Dyers Lane, Yate Road up to the village side of the Esso garage and halfway along Nibley Lane as far as the river Frome.

The Parish Council response has now been submitted  Read

 Here is the link to the JSP home page https://www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk 

Where you can find further information