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SPC raises concerns with BaNES Council about Local Plan options consultation


Saltford Festival 7-16 June - Brochure


Significant response from Saltford to Local Plan options


Walk This May


Festival of Nature, Bristol & Bath, 1-9 June


Over 7,500 comments on proposed Local Plan options


Earth Day 2024: Planet vs. Plastics


2024 Big Garden Birdwatch results


Making Saltford a haven for pollinators


Recent promises to protect the Green Belt and villages in BaNES


SPC meets local MP to discuss need to protect Saltford's Green Belt


SEG asks BaNES to comply with Government policy on the Green Belt! (Local Plan consultation response)


SPC resolves its response to BaNES Local Plan Options Consultation


Saltford's Green Belt is an Area of Great Landscape Value, says SPC


Map reveals potential urban sprawl from Bristol to Saltford & further information (incl. "Should Saltford take more housing..?")


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SPC raises concerns with BaNES Council about Local Plan options consultation

May 2024

Saltford Parish Council (SPC) has written to BaNES Council's Head of Planning to formally raise its concerns about the Local Plan Options Consultation.

Further to recommendations made both before and during the Local Plan Options Consultation, a number of other concerns were also discussed at SPC's May meeting.

The areas of concern raised by SPC were:-

   1. THE "CLICK TWICE TO SUBMIT" & RELATED ISSUES INCL. NEED FOR EMAIL RESPONSE OPTION - the high risk that many responses will have been lost and not accepted by the system, whilst the lack of an email response option was a false economy by BaNES reducing the value and scope of the consultation process and puts BaNES more at risk of a legal challenge over the validity of the consultation process.

   2. WITHIES GREEN MAP - it failed to show the south and westward tail of the development by Curo that if included would have shown a gap of only 160 metres from the proposed West of Saltford development option.

   3. ORIGIN OF RESPONDENTS (POST CODES) - Without a post code requirement for the responses any analysis of the responses will be less accurate when trying to determine the level of acceptability or unacceptability of proposed options for development from the actual community affected.

   4. MISSING QUESTION ON DEFINED LANDSCAPE SETTINGS (& PLANNING STRATEGY) - a promised question around the defined landscape setting of settlements, providing stakeholders with the opportunity to submit comments relating to and seeking changes to the landscape setting of the village was not included in the consultation.


SPC informed BaNES Council that it hopes that the concerns expressed will be noted by BaNES Council, resulting in issues being addressed and recommendations being taken onboard by the time of BaNES Council's Draft Local Plan consultation.

The full text of the formal submission to BaNES Council can be found on SPC's website from this link.

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Saltford Festival 7-16 June - Brochure

May 2024

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The time has nearly arrived for the 2024 Saltford Festival after a year's planning. It continues the tradition started in 2011 and, as before, it is hoped that as many local residents as possible, together with those from further afield, will be able to participate in what has become a great community week.

In addition to evening entertainment there will be a range of daytime events including Lunchtime Talks, Walks and Open Gardens. So, check out the Festival Brochure which includes the full timetable.

The Festival Brochure will be delivered to Saltford households by the SCA. The brochure can also be downloaded from the Saltford Festival website - click on this link.

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Significant response from Saltford to Local Plan options

May 2024

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SEG is grateful to the many Saltford residents who responded to the BaNES Local Plan Options Consultation (12th February to 16th April).

There were approximately 7,000 responses submitted to the consultation via the website; we do not know how many written postal responses were made. There were 933 comments submitted online about the Saltford South option and 667 comments submitted on the Saltford West option.

We understand that the two Saltford options received the most comments by far; this underlines the strength of feeling in the Saltford community against those unsuitable options.

After discussions later this year with Parish Councils and other key stakeholders, BaNES Council is expected to go to another public consultation on the draft Local Plan in early 2025, before its Public Examination by a Government Inspector later in 2025 and then final adoption by the end of 2025.

At its monthly meeting on 7th May, Saltford Parish Council agreed its submission to BaNES raising concerns over the technical problems associated with the online consultation, the inaccurate Withies Green map that failed to show the part of that approved development that is very close to the Saltford West option, the lack of an email response option and the missing yet promised consultation question on the defined landscape setting of settlements. SPC also agreed to send an official complaint to BaNES Council's CEO raising concerns over BaNES Council's handling of SPC's formal request for a landscape designation request for Saltford south of the A4.

SEG will keep members and residents updated on the drafting of the Local Plan and future consultations on our website.

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Walk This May

May 2024

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May is "National Walking Month" (#WalkThisMay). Walking is free, flexible, and is proven to have great benefits for our health and wellbeing.

Walking can also provide an opportunity to explore your local area. There are several free walking guides on our History of Saltford project's "Walks of Saltford" page. So, if you are looking for walking routes in Saltford check out our Walks of Saltford page.

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Festival of Nature, Bristol & Bath, 1-9 June

May 2024

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Festival of Nature is the UK's largest celebration of the natural world, running for over 20 years. This year's nine day programme across the Bristol and Bath region, from Sunday 1st to Sunday 9th of June, offers more than 70 in-person and online events, giving everyone the opportunity to learn about, connect with, and take action for nature.

The nearest main event close to Saltford will be the "greening up" of Milsom Street on Saturday 8th June. This will be a day (11am-5pm) of free family-friendly nature stalls, special guest talks and shows, drop-in interactive activities, storytelling, crafts and more. There will be lots of opportunities to learn about the natural world and how you can help it flourish, with a host of local and national organisations all along Milsom Street.

Further information is available from the Natural History Consortium website from this link. The festival also has a facebook page.

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Over 7,500 comments on proposed Local Plan options

April 2024

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BaNES Council has issued a press release announcing that the council had received more than 7,500 comments on the proposed options for future development needs across Bath and North East Somerset.

The Local Plan Options consultation gave people the opportunity to add their comments about where BaNES Council should plan for the delivery of new homes and jobs and what policies are needed for addressing the climate and ecological emergencies. The options were approved by the council's Cabinet earlier this year and "support the council's Corporate Strategy and Economic Strategy, which aim to deliver a fairer, more prosperous and sustainable economy."

A key objective for the Local Plan is to maximise the delivery of housing that is more affordable and the government's standard assessment suggests, according to BaNES Council, an estimated need for 14,500 additional homes up to 2042. Of those, more than 6,000 will be built on sites, mainly brownfield sites in Bath, which are already committed for development via planning permission or allocated in the current Local Plan.

Councillor Mathew McCabe, Cabinet Member for Built Environment and Sustainable Development, said: "We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to respond and comment on our proposed plans and policies. Although we had some software teething problems at the start, we received nearly 7,000 responses online. That's three times more than any previous planning consultation and in total is double the number of comments we have received for any of the previous planning policy consultations. The planning team will carefully consider the issues raised in the comments and feedback and they will help to shape the Draft Local Plan."

The council stated in its press release that it "will work closely with key stakeholders on the Draft Local Plan which will be produced and subject to full public consultation early next year giving residents another opportunity to have their say."

The Draft Local Plan will then be submitted to the Secretary of State and examined by an independent planning inspector. Once approved by the inspector, it will be adopted by the council. When adopted, the Local Plan will guide planning decisions until 2042.

SEG would like to thank every SEG member and resident of Saltford who submitted a robust response to the proposed development options in Saltford's precious Green Belt and in the landscape described by Saltford Parish Council (SPC) as "The Saltford Area of Great Landscape Value" (see our March 2024 news story Saltford's Green Belt is an Area of Great Landscape Value, says SPC).

The two proposals from BaNES, if finally approved for development, would result in a total of 1,300 new houses and a new school for West and South Saltford, i.e. on our local Green Belt landscape. The fact that more responses were received by BaNES Council than for any of the previous planning policy consultations suggests that the proposed options were found to be unsuitable and totally inappropriate by many people; the "software teething problems at the start" may hide a large number of responses that could have been lost in the process when responders assumed their responses had been accepted and logged, but the online IT system failed to do so. The full extent of that loss is likely to remain a mystery.

There are concerns in the village over technical and other issues with the online options consultation. SPC agreed at its April meeting that its Planning Policy Working Group would discuss this matter further, and that the Working Group would look to make recommendations for an item to be considered at SPC's May meeting (on 7th May) when it will also have discussed and recommended for resolution by the full SPC a formal complaint to the Chief Executive of BaNES Council about the council's management of SPC's request for a protective landscape designation for Saltford South.

SEG and our Green Belt Campaign Team will be keeping a watching brief on whether development options for Saltford's Green Belt go into the Draft Local Plan and provide guidance as necessary on how residents should respond in early 2025 to the next "opportunity to have their say".

Further developments on these key issues for Saltford will be published on our website ('Latest News' section) as they arise.

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Earth Day 2024: Planet vs. Plastics

April 2024

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22nd April was Earth Day. This year's theme (at earthday.org) is the commitment to end plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of ALL plastics by 2040.

Planet vs. Plastics unites students, parents, businesses, governments, churches, unions, individuals, and NGOs in an unwavering commitment to call for the end of plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of plastics by 2040 and an ultimate goal of building a plastic-free future for generations to come.

"The word environment means what surrounds you. In the case of plastics we have become the product itself - it flows through our blood stream, adheres to our internal organs, and carries with it heavy metals known to cause cancer and disease. Now this once-thought amazing and useful product has become something else, and our health and that of all other living creatures hangs in the balance," said Kathleen Rogers, President of EARTHDAY.ORG. "The Planet vs. Plastics campaign is a call to arms, a demand that we act now to end the scourge of plastics and safeguard the health of every living being upon our planet."

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2024 Big Garden Birdwatch results

April 2024

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The results for the 2024 Big Garden Birdwatch held on the weekend of 26 - 28 January are now published by the RSPB. The top ten most commonly observed birds across the UK are listed below.

All 10 had no change on last year's position with the exception of the Great Tit (+1 at 7th) and Goldfinch (-1 at 8th) that swapped places. The list is (with UK Conservation Status listing in brackets):-

   1. House Sparrow (Red)
   2. Blue Tit (Green)
   3. Starling (Red)
   4. Woodpigeon (Amber)
   5. Blackbird (Green)
   6. Robin (Green)
   7. Great Tit (Green)
   8. Goldfinch (Green)
   9. Magpie (Green)
   10. Long-tailed tit (Green)

Top spot goes to the House Sparrow for the 21st year running despite a drastic decline in the UK over the past 50 years, so much is this decline that they are on the UK Red List for birds.

Over 610,000 people took part this year counting 9.7 million birds(!). More information on the results of the 2024 Birdwatch can be found on the RSPB website. You can also find more information on social media using the hashtag #BigGardenBirdWatch.

One way to help garden birds is by encouraging insects. Why not let a patch of your garden grow wild this spring and summer?

A full list of the 103 birds that are presently of regular occurrence in Saltford with ID links to the RSPB website for each species can be found on our Wildlife page >>

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Making Saltford a haven for pollinators

April 2024

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We can help make Saltford a haven for pollinators including bees if we all do our bit and adopt some or most of the five actions from the UK's National Pollinator Strategy in the way we manage our gardens and public areas. These are:-

  1. Grow more nectar- and pollen-rich flowers, shrubs and trees.
  2. Leave patches of land to grow wild.
  3. Cut grass less often.*
    *Don't forget "No Mow May" for an area of your lawn where you can let wildlife thrive!
  4. Avoid disturbing or destroying nesting or hibernating insects.
  5. Think carefully about whether to use pesticides.

Insects pollinate, but by far the most effective pollinator is the honey bee. More information about bees and what you can do to help them can be found on our wildlife page from this link >>

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In 2023 SEG helped set up Saltford4Nature, a small group of residents with the aim of starting to make the village's green areas simultaneously both more nature friendly and visually attractive.

If this is something that you would like to become involved with and/or for further details, please email Christine and Pat(rick) Brown of Saltford4Nature at saltford4nature@gmail.com.

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Recent promises to protect the Green Belt and villages in BaNES

March 2024

As our members are aware, SEG takes a politically neutral position and, in the interests of protecting the natural environment in and around Saltford, seeks to work in co-operation with representatives of the mainstream political parties that have been elected to represent our community at the national and local level.

In the May 2023 local elections, the Lib Dems retained control of BaNES Council and they also retained the two Saltford Ward seats. In the context of the forthcoming new Local Plan for the period 2022-2042 and the current Local Plan Options Consultation (until 16 April), the following are direct quotes from the May 2023 Lib Dems full manifesto (Ambitious for B&NES: A Positive Vision with the Liberal Democrats) :-

GREEN BELT

  • Maintain and develop green corridors within urban environments, protect the Green Belt from gratuitous or unwarranted development, and maintain other green and wildlife buffer zones between urban developments (p.10).
  • Preserve the Green Belt, allow for "green buffers" between urban developments, and develop "green corridors" that link green and open spaces forming a green urban network (p.32).

VILLAGES

  • We will: Commit to preserving the individuality and distinctive nature of our villages by not forcing allocations on villages but working with them to identify which villages want housing growth to address local need (except where land prices mean that housing built would be genuinely affordable to local residents) (p.30)*.

   *This is summarised on the Lib Dem website news story of 4 May 2023 "Our manifesto for 4 May 2023 elections" under the heading 'Affordable houses in the right places' as follows:-
   "In North East Somerset we will not force housing allocations on unwilling villages, our presumption will be that houses should be built close to jobs to reduce the length of journeys."

  • We will: Ensure developments come with the right infrastructure to support them (p.30)
  • We will: Ensure that the character and history of every location is reflected in any new developments (p.32).

HOMES

  • Our planning policies need to provide truly affordable homes for people to live in (p.23).
  • We will achieve our aims by: Building and enabling more social housing and truly affordable housing (p.28).
  • We will: Direct all house-building to areas of highest density employment to reduce the length of journeys needed, except where local communities identify housing need or where there are opportunities for genuinely affordable homes.(p.31)
  • We will support students and young people by: Ensuring that there is housing available for students and young people, with a focus on on-campus accommodation whilst ensuring HMOs are safe and of good quality* (p.31).

   *This is summarised on the Lib Dem website news story of 4 May 2023 "Our manifesto for 4 May 2023 elections" under the heading 'Affordable houses in the right places' as follows:-
   "In Bath we will build on brownfield sites to protect our greenbelt, making sure blocks of student flats are built on campus, so those brownfield sites can provide more affordable homes for local people. We will reduce the number of family homes being turned into HMOs and convert upper floors of city centre buildings to flats." (Note: HMOs = 'Houses in Multiple Occupation'.)

FOOD

  • We will...: Champion local food resilience, encouraging and optimising responsible local production and active land management practices to foster carbon sequestration (p.10).
  • We will: Look to support innovation regeneration and localisation in food production and farming. We recognise that the Climate Emergency and geo-politics are providing challenges to food equality, food quality, and our ability to feed ourselves (p.24).
  • We will: Ensure that green spaces, food growing opportunities and trees are planned into all proposals (p.32).

SEG takes the view that sustainable development needs to be the overarching objective for new housing developments. The SEG Local Plan Options consultation response, submitted to BaNES Council on 11th March, is along the same lines of the above promises. You can read the full text of SEG's response by clicking on this link (pdf opens in new window) :-

Don't forget to make your online response to the Local Plan options consultation from BaNES by no later than 5pm 16th April. SEG's guide for making an effective response to 1,300 houses on our Green Belt in the BaNES Local Plan was made available from our website news section in February; a printed copy was also delivered to each Saltford household.

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SPC meets local MP to discuss need to protect Saltford's Green Belt

March 2024

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On the afternoon of Friday 15th March, members of Saltford Parish Council's Planning Policy Working Group, Cllrs Jon Godfrey (SPC Chair), Phil Harding (Planning Chair), David Halton (SPC Vice-Chair) and Gary Graveling (Planning C'tee), met with Saltford's local MP, Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg at Saltford Hall.

As reported on SPC's website, the meeting, held at Saltford Hall, was requested by SPC following BaNES Council's dismissal of SPC's request originally made in January 2023 and reaffirmed by SPC in January 2024 for a landscape designation for Saltford's Green Belt south of the A4 Bath Road (originally referred to by SPC as 'Saltford South').

The meeting discussed the next steps available to SPC to achieve designated landscape protection for Saltford's Green Belt following BaNES Council's disappointing attitude towards protecting important landscapes in its area and in particular historic landscapes that are highly valued by the local community.

Actions available to SPC with regards to BaNES Council's dismissal of SPC's request for landscape protection were discussed, including options for SPC to appeal directly to the Secretary of State or to follow the Judicial Review process. Any actions with regards to these options would be resolved at a future SPC meeting at the time deemed appropriate in the Local Plan process by Parish Councillors.

SPC Councillors took the opportunity to express SPC's concerns to Sir Jacob about the significant negative impact of 1,300 residences proposed for Saltford in the BaNES Local Plan Options Consultation (800 at 'South Saltford' and 500 at 'West Saltford'). This included that, should 'West Saltford' be developed as proposed in the Local Plan Options consultation, the Green Belt between Saltford and Curo's Withies Green development in Keynsham would measure just 160 metres.

SEG welcomes SPC's strong commitment to protecting Saltford's Green Belt and is grateful that Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg came to Saltford to meet and discuss in detail the options for securing its longer-term protection and gave a promise to make representations to the Planning Inspector on SPC's behalf at the appropriate time in the Local Plan timetable.

More information about the meeting can be found on SPC's website from this link.

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SEG asks BaNES to comply with Government policy on the Green Belt! (Local Plan consultation response)

March 2024

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On 11th March SEG's Executive Committee submitted its online response to the BaNES Council Local Plan Options Consultation. Within its detailed response SEG said :-

   "On behalf of the strongly expressed wishes of the local community and the 560+ members we represent, Saltford Environment Group implores B&NES Council to comply with the spirit and intent of national planning and environmental policies (i.e. NPPF and EPPS) by protecting the Green Belt in Bath and NE Somerset, and in particular around Saltford that is gradually becoming the last remaining green open space on the Bath Road A4 corridor between Bristol and Bath."

SEG provided a "Strongly Object" response to the options for West Saltford, South Saltford, SE Keynsham and a qualified "Partially Object" response for the North Keynsham development option.

SEG also submitted comments on the South of Burnett (next to A39) potential site for which SEG has serious concerns about the negative impacts of that future potential option, "Partially Object" responses with comments on the "Keynsham and Saltford: Area overview" and the "Transport Opportunities" sections and a detailed response to the "Green Belt" development management policy options section of the consultation.

SEG asked BaNES Council, as our Local Planning Authority, to accept and implement Saltford Parish Council's landscape designation request for Saltford's Green Belt submitted in January 2023, reaffirmed in January 2024, and further explained by letter from SPC to the BaNES Cabinet in February 2024. This request was for Saltford's Green Belt area south of the Bath Road A4.

You can read the full text of SEG's response by clicking on this link (pdf opens in new window) :-

The consultation period ends at 5pm on 16th April (deadline was 8th April but then extended after technical issues with online responses were resolved). SEG's guide (issued in February) shows you how to make an effective response concerning the south and west Saltford options.

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SPC resolves its response to BaNES Local Plan Options Consultation

March 2024

At its meeting on 5th March, Saltford Parish Council SPC resolved a 'Strongly Object' response to proposals at South Saltford and West Saltford in the BaNES Local Plan Options Consultation. The resolved response included robust and detailed comments for proposals at 'South Saltford' (800 residences + primary school) and 'West Saltford' (500 houses + primary school) to support SPC's 'Strongly Object' stance to those proposed options.

SPC also resolved responses to other proposals and policy aspects of the consultation:-

  • South of Burnett, next to A39 (potential site) [Comment];
  • Keynsham and Saltford - Area overview [Partially Object];
  • Transport opportunities [Partially Object];
  • North Keynsham [Partially Object];
  • SE Keynsham [Strongly Object]
  • Green Belt [Option (B) with Comment].

In addition to SEG's response guidance, residents might also like to see SPC's response for further points they might wish to make in their own response. SEG strongly advises support for SPC's landscape designation request for the area of Saltford south of the Bath Road A4 in consultation responses, e.g. for responses to the Section "Keynsham and Saltford: Area overview".

SPC's website provides further information and a copy of the full SPC response which can be found from this link to the SPC website >>

Alternatively you can download SPC's response as a pdf directly from the SPC website from this link:- SPC response pdf.

The consultation period ends at 5pm on 16th April (deadline was 8th April but then extended after technical issues with online responses were resolved). SEG's guide shows you how to make an effective response.

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Saltford's Green Belt is an Area of Great Landscape Value, says SPC

March 2024

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At Saltford Parish Council's meeting on 5th March, it resolved to adopt as a planning policy document its new paper "The Saltford Area of Great Landscape Value - Planning Policy and Character Appraisal by Saltford Parish Council".

SPC agreed that this new Saltford Area of Great Landscape Value paper would serve as a reference document for SPC planning policy purposes, specifically in relation to future proposals that may affect or seek to develop Saltford's Green Belt landscape area. Saltford Parish Council, in describing Saltford's landscape setting as an Area of Great Landscape Value, seeks to provide information and data that offers planners and developers a greater insight of this landscape's high quality and value to the community.

SPC makes the point in its paper that the support and recognition of Saltford's Local Planning Authority, BaNES Council, for a landscape designation, through either an AGLV or NE2a (Landscape Setting of Settlements) designation, would provide reassurance to the community of Saltford and neighbouring parishes that the Local Planning Authority values this landscape as much as the community it seeks to represent and will protect it from development.

ENDORSEMENTS

The community's great value that it puts on the local landscape both for the health and wellbeing of the community and for the important habitat it provides for wildlife, is demonstrated by the endorsement of the paper by Saltford Community Association, St Mary's Parochial Church Council and Saltford Environment Group. Furthermore, the Avon & Bristol Branch of the CPRE (Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England) has endorsed the paper too.

In confirming the CPRE's endorsement the Area Director said that "this is a comprehensive and rigorous report. In the context of the ecological and climate emergency declared by BaNES, a community led approach to character appraisal such as this should be applauded. ...CPRE local area branch endorses the aims and objectives of the document and the importance of protecting from development Saltford's Green Belt landscape surrounding the village."

PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD

As a stand alone document but also to complement the "The Saltford Area of Great Landscape Value" paper, at its 5th March meeting SPC also resolved to adopt as a SPC document "Saltford's Area of Great Landscape Value - A Photographic Record". The collection of photographs it contains provides a snapshot and will become a historical record of the rural countryside setting that the Green Belt surrounding Saltford's housing boundary provides at the present time.

FURTHER INFORMATION (& SEE THE NEW DOCUMENTS)

Further information about these important new documents and the documents themselves can be found on SPC's website from this link >>.

As these documents are of significant importance to the community whilst forming a historical record, SEG has also archived and made available copies of both papers in SEG's History of Saltford Project - Document Library.

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Map reveals potential urban sprawl from Bristol to Saltford & further information (incl. "Should Saltford take more housing..?")

March 2024

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This map from BaNES Council shows the Local Plan (2022-2042) site options under consideration for the Hicks Gate, Keynsham and Saltford area (Saltford is on the bottom right corner of the map).

No decision has yet been taken as to which options will be taken forward for development to the Draft Plan stage. It is therefore important that Saltford residents submit effective responses to the options consultation - see our February news story "Objection reasons for 1,300 new houses in Saltford..." for guidance from SEG on how to make an effective response.

Following the drop-in event organised by BaNES Council in Saltford Hall on 29th February, BaNES Council has shared the following PDFs, that were displayed as panels:

- Welcome, How to Participate, Housing Need and Strategic Development, & Development Management Policies
- Keynsham and Saltford
- South of Burnett
- Transport (inc. Keynsham and Saltford)

These can be found on SPC's website from this link >>

SHOULD SALTFORD TAKE MORE HOUSING..?

Response comment by SEG's Chair, Phil Harding, to those who think that Saltford should take new housing to share the load.

   Saltford has more than doubled in size since 1950*. Keynsham is fully developed too and, like Saltford, its roads are choked with traffic during peak periods. The new jobs will be in Bath, not Saltford.

   New homes need to be built on brownfield sites, not the Green Belt, to protect nature during the ecological emergency and to protect the UK's future food security.

   The UK, the 3rd most densely populated country in Europe, cannot feed itself now (40% of the nation's net food consumption is imported) and cannot rely on other countries feeding us at such a high proportion in the future against a background of climate change, conflicts and population growth.

   To destroy green field sites for development is irresponsible and short sighted. If we need more housing, especially affordable housing, a Garden City approach** would be much more sustainable than constantly reducing and eventually ruining the quality of life for existing communities through over-development.

   Short term planning solutions just cause medium to long term problems. As Sir David Attenborough said "Can a growing human population leave space for wildlife?"

*Saltford grew by a massive 114% from 1951 (pop. 1928) to 2021 (pop. 4133) - Census data.
**A Garden City approach is where retail, employment, education, healthcare and leisure facilities are within easy reach of homes and main transport links, preferably rail, to other large towns and cities.

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Current areas of local volunteer assistance sought by SEG

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Whilst our partner organisations such as Saltford Wombles (for tackling litter) and the Fairtrade Group always welcome volunteer assistance, SEG sometimes has specific roles or posts that need filling. Here are the current vacancies:-

Updated March 2024

Executive Committee: Want to help steer SEG?

SEG is seeking new Executive Committee members to help steer and develop SEG's role in the community as we address the environmental concerns of our members at the local level. If you think you might like to get involved and join our Executive Committee (enthusiasm and a "can do" attitude is more important than expertise!), please contact our Chairman, Phil Harding, for an informal non-committal chat.

The Executive Committee only meets 4 times a year and its working method is more about sharing ideas and getting things done in a friendly and productive atmosphere than being bogged down with time-consuming administration.

Website skills wanted!

Our website is a popular resource for our members and others which means that in addition to keeping it relevant we want to make sure it continues to function as it should.

If you live in or near Saltford, care about your local environment and have current knowledge of website design and might be interested in using your IT skills for a bit of IT volunteering to help us behind the scenes please get in touch with our Chairman by email to philharding27@gmail.com for a no-obligation chat on possible volunteer help.

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Treasurer: Andrew Stainer
andrew.stainer@outlook.com

SEG Green Belt Campaign: Contact our Chairman (contact details above)

Saltford Station Campaign: Chris Warren
cherokee1883@live.com

Saltford Fairtrade Group:
saltfordfairtrade@hotmail.co.uk

History of Saltford
Project Curators: Phil Harding & Andrew Stainer (contact details above).

Saltford Wombles is independent of SEG but contact details can be found on our Less Waste page.

Saltford4Nature community gardening group is independent of SEG but contact details can be found on our Gardening page.


Cookies and Privacy Policy Statement

SEG respects the privacy of visitors to our website. We do not use cookies to collect personal or other data about visitors to our website; the only data we collect via our ISP's hosting service, and without the use of cookies, is the number of visits to each of our web pages but not who the individual visitors are.


*EDITORIAL POLICY including SEO, web design and marketing for www.saltfordenvironmentgroup.org.uk

As a general rule our editorial content is sourced locally in Saltford and NE Somerset or from reputable non-commercial organisations based in the UK.

Will Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), website design, "content providers" and other similar companies please note that this website has all the SEO ranking, social media links, and smartphone compatibility that it requires to meet its specific objectives and enquiry emails on this topic including link requests will not receive a reply to save your time and ours.

SEG is not a commercial enterprise therefore companies that produce bespoke marketing materials or sponsored editorial content should also note that marketing emails or requests for placing links to other websites* will not receive a reply as it is our policy not to reply to marketing emails of this nature unless they are from a Saltford-based organisation seeking to assist SEG.

*SEG is not in a position to authenticate the accuracy and legitimacy of third party websites and/or third party editorial content.


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We welcome support from local businesses to help cover our costs and keep membership free for our members. If your local business would like to support SEG (e.g. a logo + link on this page is very inexpensive), please contact our Chairman (see above for contact details).


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