Protecting Saltford's Green Belt - Saltford Parish Council

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This article records Saltford Parish Council’s actions from January 2023 to achieve additional protection for Saltford’s Green Belt at ‘Saltford South of the A4’. Including:

  • List of documents produced by SPC
  • Summary: SPC requests landscape designation protection at ‘Saltford South of the A4’
  • Maps (inc. Local Plan proposals)
  • List of Articles
  • Abbreviations & Information (& Q&As)
  • Timeline: SPC’s bid for landscape designation protection
  • Current position

The map shows areas shaded in blue as ‘Saltford South of the A4’. The blue lines mark parish boundaries, purple lines mark Public Rights of Way, and the green line marks A4 Bath Road. As shown on the map, all the areas beyond the housing boundary south of the A4 are where SPC seeks further landscape protection on the Green Belt.

This article will be updated as SPC’s actions concerning protecting Saltford’s Green Belt develop (last updated July 2024).

List of documents produced by Saltford Parish Council:

Summary: SPC requests landscape designation protection at ‘Saltford South of the A4’

(This section gives an overview of SPC’s actions. For a detailed account of actions, including documents and articles produced, please view the ‘Timeline: SPC’s bid for landscape designation protection’ section below).

Saltford Parish Council (SPC) views that the whole area it defines as ‘Saltford South of the A4’ should have designated landscape protection. This would be further, and in addition, to the land’s current classification as Green Belt. Saltford is entirely surrounded entirely by Green Belt, and this classification protects land from most forms of development. Not all Green Belt is the same, and some areas of Green Belt have additional classifications. Green Belt classification, plus any other landscape protection designations, are decided by the local Planning Authority.

In January 2023, Saltford Parish Council (SPC) requested that B&NES Council designate the entire area referred to originally by SPC as ‘Saltford South’ and later as ‘Saltford South of the A4’ either as an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) or as Local Green Space (LGS) for additional protection further to its status as Green Belt. This was detailed in SPC’s ‘Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) or Local Green Space (LGS) for Salford South – Case paper’. The area was originally defined by SPC as ‘Saltford South’, and is now referred to as the ‘Saltford South of the A4’.

SPC’s original bid for ‘Saltford South of the A4’ to be designated as either an Area of Greater Landscape Value (AGLV) or a Local Green Space (LGS) was dismissed. B&NES Council stated that they did not use the landscape designation ‘Area of Greater Landscape Value (AGLV)’.

SPC resolved in January 2024 that it would continue to request that B&NES Council assign additional designated landscape protection to the area known as ‘Saltford South of the A4’. In its ‘Saltford South landscape designation request – reaffirmation plus options from SPC’ document, SPC stated to B&NES Council that it would welcome discussions to designate the area – in addition to its previous request for an Area of Greater Landscape Value (AGLV) or a Local Green Space (LGS) – as a Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) classification. This is a landscape designation currently used by B&NES Council, including on Green Belt land within Saltford’s parish boundaries. If designated, it would overlap with Green Belt status and give even more protection to this significant area of landscape to the south of the village.

Map of green belt & NE2a land:

The map opposite shows Saltford surrounded by Green Belt (blue lines mark parish boundaries). The dark green areas mark areas beyond Saltford’s housing boundary that are classified ‘only’ as Green Belt. The areas in light green are both Green Belt and have additional landscape designated protection as Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a).

Following SPC’s request for landscape designation under Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) for the whole of ‘Saltford South of the A4’ as made to B&NES Council in January 2024, later in the month SPC was informed by B&NES Council’s Cabinet Member for the Built Environment, Housing and Sustainable Development that the upcoming B&NES Local Plan Options Consultation would allow stakeholders the option to comment on local landscape designations.

In February 2024, B&NES Council launched its Local Plan Options Consultation (maps below) which included proposals for 1,300 residences on Saltford’s Green Belt. These included proposals at areas B&NES Council defined as ‘South Saltford’ and ‘West Saltford’, both in areas that SPC had requested additional designated landscape protection for and situated within the area defined as ‘Saltford South of the A4’. It was noted that none of the Green Belt land that had Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) designation had been proposed for housing in the Local Plan Options Consultation.

SPC resolved to strongly object to the proposals in its response to the B&NES Local Plan Options Consultation, and reiterated its request for B&NES Council to give the entire area of ‘Saltford South of the A4’ additional landscape protection.

In June 2024, SPC again requested a meeting with senior B&NES Council Planning Policy officers to discuss its request for designated landscape protection at ‘Saltford South of the A4’. It was confirmed subsequently that meetings between B&NES Council officers and SPC members would take place between September and November 2024.

SPC’s request for additional landscape designation protection at Saltford South of the A4, first made a year prior to B&NES Council’s published proposals for building on Green Belt land, continues. It is a standing item under ‘Planning Matters’ on SPC’s agendas. Please see the ‘current position’ section at the end of this article.

The ‘Timeline of SPC’s bid for designated landscape protection’ below provides detailed information on the above summary with links to documents and articles produced.

Maps

Saltford South of the A4: As shown above already, this map details in shaded blue the area defined by SPC as ‘Saltford South of the A4’ (originally ‘Saltford South’). The area shaded in blue shows where SPC requested additional landscape designation protection beyond Saltford’s housing boundary, further to this area already being designated as Green Belt.

Green belt around Saltford including Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a): As displayed above, all green areas on the map below are designated as green belt. The lighter green areas on the map show areas of Green Belt that also have further designation protection, having been classified by B&NES Council as Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a). The areas of green belt contrast with the Saltford housing boundary (black line around development). Blue lines mark parish boundaries.

Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) around Saltford: The areas in green show Green Belt that has additional protection, designated by B&NES Council as Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a). SPC has requested that all areas at Saltford South of the A4 (e.g. the white areas adjacent to the Saltford Housing Boundary south of the A4, marked by the green line) are covered by further designated landscape protection by B&NES Council.

B&NES Council Local Plan Options Consultation maps:

B&NES Council’s ‘South Saltford’ proposals: The map below is taken from B&NES Council’s Local Plan Options Consultation for South Saltford (800 houses + primary school), as consulted on between February and March 2024. When compared to the maps above, it shows that the proposals for building in Saltford have been located on an area of Green Belt that does not have Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) designation. The ‘South Saltford’ area included in proposals by B&NES Council for development as part of the Local Plan process is part of the ‘Saltford South of the A4’ area that SPC has requested have further landscape designation protection, including Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a).

B&NES Council’s ‘West Saltford’ proposals: The map below produced as part of B&NES Council’s Local Plan Options Consultation for West Saltford (500 houses + primary school), similarly to South Saltford proposals, shows proposals for building residences on Saltford’s Green Belt that is not designated by B&NES Council as Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a). The West Saltford area, as can be seen when compared to the ‘Saltford South of the A4’ map, is part of the area included by SPC in its request for additional landscape protection designation.

B&NES Council’s Site Options & Existing Allocations: The map below shows B&NES Council’s Local Plan Options Consultation for South Saltford (800 houses + primary school) and West Saltford (500 houses + primary school) and the wider surrounding area including allocations that have already been approved (‘Hygge Park’ and the new Curo development in Keynsham adjacent to the A4 Bath Road). The three purple areas marked to the west and south of Saltford are Green Belt but are not protected by any additional landscape designations.

B&NES Council’s – Site Options & Existing Allocations annotated by SPC: A Saltford Parish Council Councillor produced the image below during the options consultation period to help aid understanding about the locations for the 1,300 residences proposed on Saltford’s Green Belt, and how these would significant close the Green Belt ‘gap’ between Saltford and Keynsham. As seen in the top left hand corner of the image, the distance between the red lines that mark proposed development boundaries at West Saltford and the purple line that shows the existing allocation already approved for development (by Curo) indicates that the Green Belt between Saltford and Keynsham at this point would be minimal. (Green lines mark footpaths that would be lost).

List of Articles (also on SPC’s ‘News’ page):

Abbreviations & information:

  • Green Belt: Land that is protected from most forms of development, as designated by a Local Planning Authority. Land designated as Green Belt is usually done so to prevent ‘urban sprawl’ (settlements merging as green space between them is lost), and to offer urban communities access to green space for recreation, wellbeing and the improvement of health. Green Belt use is set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
  • National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF): This is the Government’s planning policies for England and how they are applied. More information is available on the .Gov.Uk website for National Planning Policy Framework. The NPPF is subject to updates, including when a new Government comes to power. Local Planning Authorities are encouraged to follow NPPF guidance. The general presumption is against building on Green Belt land unless in ‘exceptional circumstances’, however currently national planning policies to protect the Green Belt are not bound by law.
  • Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV): An area designated by a Local Planning Authority as being of high visual quality worthy of conservation. Land designated as AGLV can also be Green Belt.
  • Local Green Space (LGS): Special protection of green spaces of particular importance to the local community. (See B&NES Council’s Evidence Report – Local Green Space Designations). Land designated as LGS can also be Green Belt.
  • Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a): This policy aims to protect, conserve and enhance the landscape setting of settlements. Land designated as Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) can also be Green Belt. Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) landscape designation protection currently used by B&NES Council. Its use was established in the 2017 B&NES Council Placemaking Plan. Some areas of Saltford South of the A4 are designated by B&NES Council as Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a).
  • Saltford Housing Boundary (AKA ‘Settlement Boundary’): This is the line that defines the limit of Saltford’s housing area, within which development is generally allowed (subject to appropriate consents).
  • B&NES Council: Bath and North East Somerset Council, the local Planning Authority for Saltford. Planning Authorities have the power to designate landscape protection including ‘Green Belt’, ‘AGLV’, ‘Landscape Setting of Settlements’ etc. See B&NES Council’s Local planning and policy guidance page.
  • B&NES Council Local Plan: Planning decisions in B&NES are guided by national and local planning policy, with local planning policy made up of a series of documents which include the Local Plan. The current Local Plan runs until 2029, and B&NES Council is in the process of creating a new Local Plan. The new Local Plan will establish the planning framework for Bath and North East Somerset up until 2042. More information is available under The Local Plan page on the B&NES Council website.
  • Saltford Parish Council / SPC Councillors: Saltford Parish Council consists of 11 Councillors (eight of which are part of ‘Planning Committee’). Four SPC Councillors make up the ‘Planning Policy Working Group’ (PPWG), originally called the ‘Local Plan Working Group’. The working group can request items on SPC’s agendas for Full Council to consider. More information about SPC Councillors can be found on the ‘Councillors‘ page.

Protecting Saltford’s Green Belt – Q & As

  • How is the land at ‘Saltford South of the A4’ classified currently?: As well as being Green Belt, some – but crucially not all – areas of ‘Saltford South of the A4’ are designated as Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) by B&NES Council. The Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) policy aims to protect, conserve and enhance the landscape setting of settlements, and gives greater protection than Green Belt alone.
  • It’s Green Belt already, why is SPC seeking a further land classification? The Green Belt land outside the Saltford Housing Boundary (within which development is generally allowed) at the area SPC defines as ‘Saltford South of the A4’ benefits from the protection its classification as Green Belt offers. However in January 2023, SPC resolved that this area of Green Belt should have further designated protection. There are several types of designated landscape protection (the most familiar perhaps being Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as exists north of Saltford at the Cotswolds AONB). Different classifications suit different areas of landscape, pending their special nature. Protected landscape designation classifications can be assigned to land already designation as green belt by a Planning Authority. It should be noted that in the B&NES Council Local Plan Options Consultation (spring 2024), proposals for building were made on Green Belt but not Green Belt that also designated as Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) by B&NES Council.
  • Why is SPC seeking additional protection for Saltford’s Green Belt now?: Landscape classifications, such as Green Belt and any additional landscape designations, are formalised by a Planning Authority in their Local Plan. Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES Council) is now in the detailed process of creating its next Local Plan, which will determine building in the B&NES area for the next twenty years. A timeline of this process is on the B&NES Council website. SPC views the creation of the new Local Plan as an opportunity to enhance the protection of Saltford’s Green Belt through further landscape designation.

Timeline: SPC’s bid for designated landscape protection

January 2023

Saltford Parish Council resolved its ‘Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) or Local Green Space (LGS) designation for Salford South’ (area later referred to as ‘Saltford South of the A4’) at its January 2023 meeting. The document detailed SPC’s request for landscape designation protection for ‘Saltford South of the A4’, either as an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) or Local Green Space (LGS).

SPC submitted its bid for landscape protection designation at ‘Saltford South of the A4’ to B&NES Council, the Planning Authority. B&NES Council, as the Planning Authority, has powers to assign further landscape designation protection to Saltford’s Green Belt.

To support the request made in SPC’s ‘Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) or Local Green Space (LGS) for Salford South – Case paper’, SPC also submitted a document titled ‘Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) or Local Green Space (LGS) for Saltford South – Photo tour’.

At the end of January 2023, SPC members were invited to meet with B&NES Council Senior Planning Officers to discuss SPC’s request for designated landscape protection at ‘Saltford South of the A4’. SPC’s aim was for its request for additional landscape designation at ‘Saltford South of the A4’ to be included as a proposal in the future B&NES Council Local Plan Options Consultation. Following the meeting, it was agreed that B&NES Council’s Senior Planning Officers would meet again with SPC Councillors later in the year to discuss SPC’s request further.

Image shows SPC Councillors prior to the first meeting with B&NES Council’s Senior Policy Officers in January 2023.

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July 2023

Members of Saltford Parish Council were invited to a second meeting with B&NES Council’s Senior Planning Officers to discuss SPC’s bid for landscape designation protection in July 2023.

SPC utilised the meeting to ensure that its bid for landscape designation protection was as comprehensive as required by B&NES Council. SPC offered to present further information should this be required, and B&NES Council confirmed that the submission made was ‘thorough as it is’ for B&NES Council’s needs to assess the request made in January 2023. At the meeting, SPC was informed that its Councillors would be invited to discuss the matter further later in the year.

Photo shows SPC Councillors prior to the meeting taking place at Keynsham Civic Centre in July 2024.

November 2023

Members of Saltford Parish Council were invited to a third meeting with B&NES Council’s Senior Planning Officers, along with members of Keynsham Town Council, Saltford B&NES Ward Councillors and Keynsham B&NES Ward Councillors.

The information from Senior Planning Policy Officers provided at the meeting centred on B&NES Council’s upcoming Local Plan Options Consultation (which later included proposals on areas referred to by SPC as ‘Saltford South of the A4’ once the consultation opened in spring 2024), rather than SPC’s bid for additional landscape designation protection on Green Belt south of the A4.

SPC was informed at the meeting that its request for additional landscape designation protection ‘Area of Great Landscape Value’ (AGLV) or Local Green Space (LGS) had been dismissed by B&NES Council. SPC was informed that B&NES Council did not use AGLV designation, and that B&NES Council proposed to continue to use existing Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) designation which offered similar protections.

Although SPC welcomed that some areas of Green Belt at ‘Saltford South of the A4’ were already protected by Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) designation, it was concerned that its request for additional landscape protection (as a AGLV or LGS) for all areas of ‘Saltford South of the A4’ had been dismissed.

SPC viewed this outcome as unsatisfactory, and had concerns that B&NES Council’s decision lacked clear process and valid planning reasons. SPC was also concerned that continued discussion about achieving designated landscape protection for the whole of ‘Saltford South of the A4’ had not been offered. SPC’s Councillors however welcomed B&NES Council’s engagement with SPC ahead of the Local Plan Options Consultation. Following the meeting and the information shared, SPC’s Councillors agreed to consider SPC’s next steps and propose action at a future Full Council meeting.

Photo shows SPC Councillors prior to the meeting taking place in November 2023

January 2024

In view of the dismissal of SPC’s bid as requested in its ‘AGLV or LGS for Salford South – Case paper’ (submitted January 2023), at its January 2024 meeting SPC resolved its ‘Landscape designation for Saltford South: Reaffirmation of application with outcome options’.

The submission paper sent to B&NES Council. The reaffirmation paper included in its ‘outcome options’ that Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) – as used by B&NES Council currently, unlike AGLV – would be acceptable to SPC instead of AGLV or LGS. This would be on the basis if B&NES Council agreed to extend its Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) to apply to the whole area identified by SPC as Saltford South of the A4.

Later in January 2024, B&NES Council published Cabinet papers detailing proposals to be included in the Draft Local Plan Options Consultation (proposals for building in the B&NES Council area), prior to a public ‘Local Plan Options Consultation’ taking place between February and April 2024.

The papers presented proposal options for housing at ‘West Saltford’ and ‘South Saltford’, both on areas of Saltford’s Green Belt but not on land designated by B&NES Council as Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a). Both proposals were on Green Belt land that SPC had sought further designated landscape protection for in its bid for landscape protection for the whole of ‘Saltford South of the A4’.

An independently chaired public meeting organised at Saltford Hall organised by Saltford B&NES Ward Councillors took place on 26 January at Saltford Hall. The meeting detailed proposals in the pending B&NES Local Plan Options Consultation following the publication of the B&NES Cabinet papers. The public meeting was attended by representatives of Saltford Parish Council, and over 130 residents.

The B&NES Cabinet Member for the Built Environment, Housing and Sustainable Development was present at the meeting. He stated in response to SPC’s updated request, submitted earlier in the month, that B&NES Council would not propose land at Saltford to be designated as an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV). The Cabinet Member also shared that B&NES Council used Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) which he stated effectively achieved the same protection.

The Cabinet Member added that a question on the defined Landscape Setting of Settlements in the Draft Local Plan consultation would provide stakeholders – including Saltford Parish Council – with the opportunity to submit comments relating to, and seeking changes to, the landscape setting of Saltford.

Photo shows L-R: B&NES Council’s Cabinet Member for the Built Environment, Housing and Sustainable Development, SPC Chair, two B&NES Ward Councillors for Saltford, and Chair of Saltford Environment Group

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February 2024

At its February 2024 meeting, SPC resolved to respond to B&NES Council that it was disappointed that SPC’s bid for landscape designation had been rejected by B&NES Council at the early stage of its drafting of the Local Plan. SPC also questioned B&NES Council’s lack of formal criteria or transparent decision-making process for reaching the decision to reject SPC’s bid.

The B&NES Council Draft Local Plan Consultation opened on 12 February 2024. Proposals included building 1,300 residences on Saltford’s Green Belt, as detailed above. B&NES Council also held a ‘drop-in’ event about the B&NES Council Local Plan Options Consultation at the end of February.

Photo shows a young Saltford resident reading a panel about proposals to build on Saltford’s greenbelt at South Saltford, as displayed at the B&NES Council Local Plan Options Consultation ‘drop in’ event held at Saltford hall.

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March 2024

SPC resolved its response to the B&NES Local Plan Options Consultation at its March 2024 meeting, including strongly objecting to proposals to build 1,300 residences on Saltford’s Green Belt at ‘West Saltford’ (500 houses + primary school) and ‘South Saltford’ (800 houses + primary school). SPC’s response included robust comments in reference to proposals, and included comments relating to, and seeking changes to, the landscape setting of Saltford. A summary can be found in SPC’s March 2024 minutes under item 8.f.

Though not the local Planning Authority, SPC also resolved at its March 2024 meeting that SPC recognised ‘Saltford South of the A4’ as an Area of Great Landscape Value (the ‘Saltford AGLV’). SPC agreed to adopt a new document titled ‘The Saltford Area of Great Landscape Value – Planning Policy and Character Appraisal by Saltford Parish Council’. The Council agreed that it would serve as a reference document for SPC planning policy purposes.

In describing the area ‘Saltford South of the A4’ as an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV), SPC sought through the contents of the document to provide further information and data to offer a greater insight of the landscape’s high quality and value to the community.

‘The Saltford Area of Great Landscape Value – Planning Policy and Character Appraisal by Saltford Parish Council’ also submitted to B&NES Council with SPC’s Options Consultation response as supporting evidence to its objections for proposals at ‘South Saltford’ and ‘West Saltford’. The document also included reference to SPC’s original bid to B&NES Council for designated landscape protection at Saltford South of the A4 (January 2023).

SPC’s response also stated that it would seek direct discussion with B&NES Council on its request for designated landscape protection in areas not included in the Landscape Setting of Settlements (Policy NE2a) in the area ‘Saltford South of the A4’, where the proposed developments of South Saltford and West Saltford were located.

At its March 2024 meeting, SPC also resolved to adopt ‘The Saltford Area of Great Landscape Value – A Photographic Record’. The collection of photographs included in the document were recorded to provide a snapshot of the rural countryside setting that the green belt surrounding Saltford’s housing boundary provides.

Further decisions at the March meeting included that SPC would in the future refer to the area it termed ‘Saltford South’ in the two documents dated January 2023 and January 2024 as ‘Saltford South of A4’ instead. It also renamed the SPC ‘Local Plan Working Group’ to the ‘Planning Policy Working Group’ to better reflect the purpose of the working group.

In mid-March, SPC Councillors (members of the Planning Policy Working Group) attended a meeting SPC had requested with Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg MP specifically to discuss the next steps available to SPC to achieve designated landscape protection for Saltford’s Green Belt at ‘Saltford South of the A4’. Actions available to SPC, following B&NES Council’s dismissal of SPC’s request, were discussed. These included the options for SPC to appeal directly to the Secretary of State or to follow the Judicial Review process. Further details of the meeting can be found in the article below, with any actions in line with discussions to feature on a future agenda if requested by Councillors.

The photo above shows members of the Planning Policy Working Group following their meeting with the MP for North East Somerset, taken in the Avon Room at Saltford Hall.

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May 2024

In May 2024, SPC resolved to submit an official complaint to B&NES Council’s Chief Executive with regards to the management of SPC’s request for designated landscape protection bid by B&NES Council.

This was passed to the B&NES Council interim Head of Planning, who responded to refute the case made by SPC and to state that there was significant time and scope for further discussions between Saltford Parish Council and B&NES Council as part of the Local Plan process about its request for landscape designation.

June 2024

In June 2024, SPC resolved a response to the B&NES Council interim Head of Planning which stated that B&NES Council had dismissed SPC’s request for landscape designation protection at Saltford South of the A4 (first made in January 2023, and reaffirmed with additional options in January 2024) prior to the B&NES Council Local Plan Options Consultation opening in February 2024.

SPC asked for confirmation that discussions between SPC members and B&NES Council’s Senior Planning Policy officers would take place about SPC’s request for landscape designation protection, and requested an indication about when such discussions would take place.

In mid-June, as part of the Saltford Festival, SPC hosted a Parish Walk to parts of ‘Saltford South of the A4’. The walk was attended by many residents. The route taken and details about the walk can be found detailed in the article below.

Photo below shows an area of greenbelt included in B&NES Council’s proposals for 800 houses at South Saltford.

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July 2024

In July 2024, SPC resolved to resubmit all information with regards to its request for landscape designation protection at ‘Saltford South of the A4’, and to reiterate its request for a meeting, following a new Head of Planning being appointed at B&NES Council.

Prior to this occurring, SPC received a response from a B&NES Council’s Senior Planning Policy Officer explaining that due to the interim Head of Planning leaving their post and the appointment of a new Head of Planning at B&NES Council, communications had been delayed and that B&NES Council would welcome meeting with SPC Councillors for a series of meetings between September and October. (More information to follow).

At the July SPC meeting, SPC also agreed to adopt its ‘Landscape and Heritage Sensitivity Assessment of Saltford South of the A4’ document. This was produced by SPC as a further step to aid engagement with B&NES Council’s Senior Planning Policy Officers, with a view to enhance awareness of the significance – and sensitivities – of the entire area referred to by SPC as ‘Saltford South of the A4’.

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Current position (updated July 2024)

SPC welcomes the opportunity to meet with B&NES Council’s Senior Planning Officers to discuss its request further in the autumn of 2024.

SPC’s bid for designated landscape protection at Saltford South of the A4 remains a standing item under ‘Planning Matters’ on SPC’s agendas. SPC has a dedicated group of Councillors, the Planning Policy Working Group, who continue to work towards achieving landscape designation at Saltford South of the A4. Recommendations made by the working group are discussed and resolved at full council meetings.

Any updates regarding SPC’s request for landscape protection designation at Saltford South of the A4 will be included in SPC’s minutes under ‘Planning Matters’ (usually Item 8 or 9). For minutes as well as meeting dates and agendas, please view SPC’s noticeboard or our ‘Meetings – Agendas and Minutes‘ page. For an overview about Saltford Parish Council’s role regarding planning matters, please see the Planning section of this website.

This page will also be updated, and maintained as a point of reference for SPC, B&NES Council and residents with regards to SPC’s request to B&NES Council to assign further landscape protection to Saltford’s greenbelt located at Saltford South of the A4.

Saltford Parish Council’s Councillors, September 2023 (minus Cllr Shayan Aziz).

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