Joint Spatial Plan - The Fight Is Not Over

Fighting against inappropriate development in Charfield, Coalpit Heath, and Thornbury & Buckover

Tomorrow marks the opening of a public consultation, concerning the West of England’s Joint Spatial Plan.

The consultation will run from 22nd November at 9:00 to 10th January 2018, at 23:59. Following this, the Plan will be sent to the Secretary of State, who will appoint an independent inspector to examine the technical arguments within it.

To have your say in the upcoming consultation, please visit:

This is our key chance to have our say

Luke Hall

I hope you will be joining me over the next couple of weeks in submitting our comments and objections to the inappropriate proposals facing Charfield, Coalpit Heath, and Thornbury and Alveston.

Responding to the consultation, we are tasked with addressing the suitability and soundness of the proposals, using our greater understanding and knowledge of the area to formulate our arguments, and make clear to the local authority the hugely detrimental impact of their current plans.

Here is a summary of JSP timelines.



Time to fulfill an important pledge

As you will know, earlier this year our West of England Regional Mayor Tim Bowles made a pledge to say NO to the development proposed for South Gloucestershire. The Mayor has had the opportunity to uphold his commitment to fighting these inappropriate plans, but regretfully this has yet to happen.

Luke Hall Tim Bowles

West of England Mayor Tim Bowles at Buckover: “It is clear there is very little support for the Buckover development from residents in the Thornbury and Alveston. I am calling for this development to be stopped. If elected as our first West of England Mayor these plans will be reviewed. I am saying no to Buckover.”

I wrote to Tim Bowles, asking him to stand by his promise and have asked for assurances that he will oppose the inappropriate proposals set out in the Joint Spatial Plan. I have since received a response from the Mayor, in which he has outlined his position. I am still very concerned about Tim Bowles' efforts regarding this issue, and will be asking him to further clarify what exactly he will be doing to ensure the JSP's proposals do not succeed.

I will be continuing to press Tim Bowles, West of England Regional Mayor to reject these inappropriate plans for Charfield, Coalpit Heath, and Thornbury and Buckover, and will continue to relay the community’ concerns. I also strongly recommend you push the Mayor to act by encouraging him to join me in writing to the Secretary of State.


Have your say on the Consultation here

For further details on the Joint Spatial Plan, see the official draft at this link

Pages 60-90 are especially relevant as they outline the Committee's South Gloucestershire proposals. Each segment includes an assessment of constraints and risks.


For specific information, arguments and facts which you may wish to include in your personal submission and objections to the consultation, please do get in touch with your local action group:

CharfieldFighting for Charfield -

Coalpit Heath: VALID -

Thornbury & Buckover: TRAPPD -


If you know anyone who is unable to respond to the consultation electronically, and for those who do not have internet access, please do share with them the following postal address, to which they can send their objections and comments:

West of England Joint Spatial Plan
C/o South Gloucestershire Council, Planning
PO Box 1954
BS37 0DD

You can also submit your thoughts and comments to the West of England Authority directly by emailing


Please do share this page and the details about the consultation, with your friends, family, and neighbours and on social media.

The fight for Charfield, Coalpit Heath, Thornbury and Alveston will continue.