Action to preserve green spaces

December 01 2017

NINE green spaces in the Longwell Green ward are among 250 in South Gloucestershire that have gained protection in a new plan.

NINE green spaces in the Longwell Green ward are among 250 in South Gloucestershire that have gained protection in a new plan.

The district’s Policies, Sites and Places (PSP) Plan – which will guide planning decisions over the next ten years – has been formally adopted at full council. It designates selected sites as green spaces.

The PSP’s creation took four years, including public consultations and an examination in public by an independent inspector. 

Councillor Colin Hunt, cabinet member responsible for planning, said: “In drawing up this plan to help guide future sustainable development in South Gloucestershire, we also asked communities to nominate green spaces to be protected. It is so important to have updated policies to determine planning applications against and within this plan we now have 250 designated local green spaces across South Gloucestershire.”

Longwell Green Councillors Toby Savage and Christine Price said: 

"We are delighted that this new planning document has granted Local Green Space Designation to nine precious green spaces across Longwell Green, including Woodchip Park and off Long Beach Road in Oldland Parish and land off Williams Close and Cleve Woods in Hanham Abbots Parish. This is a brand new tool brought in by the National Planning Policy Framework and I'm glad we have been using this new power locally and across another 250 locations across the district."

Full background and guidance on the PSP Plan can be found on the council  website at www.southglos.gov.uk/policiessitesandplaces