West of England Joint Spatial Plan

West of England Joint Spatial Plan: Publication - November 2017


Land at Charfield will comprise a number of major interdependent development areas around the village. Development of these separate land parcels should be undertaken in a co-ordinated manner to ensure Charfield becomes a more sustainable settlement.

New development should also comply with and or contribute towards the following strategic principles and infrastructure requirements:

  • Provide around 1200 dwellings, including affordable housing, to be developed within the plan period. New housing should expand the range of types and tenures available in the village.
  • The future role and function of existing retail and community assets and remaining greenfield land parcels within the centre of the village adjoining the Wotton Road will firstly be reviewed in consultation with the local community to ensure future needs are assessed, new and existing facilities make the most efficient use of land and they assist to maximise the sustainability of the expanded village.
  • Replacement of the existing primary school with a new 3FE school in a central village location and contributions to delivery of an expanded secondary school in the locality, and or the delivery of a new all through 3-16 school at Buckover Garden Village.
  • New and/or improved retail and community facilities.
  • A minimum of 5 ha of new employment land (traditional B-use classes) distributed within the development areas at appropriate locations. 
  • The new development will provide or contribute to a strategic transport package including: M5 J14 improvements, Charfield rail station re-opening, local bus services, a comprehensive Wotton Road environmental enhancement scheme, new and improved foot and cycle connections through the village and to key local destinations such as Renishaws, KLB school and Wotton-under-Edge, and including a new Charfield circular public right of way route.
  • A Green Infrastructure network will enhance and protect the Little Avon River and its flood zone, the setting to Elbury Hill and St James' Church, local SSSI, SNCIs and other Listed Buildings, as well as soften views from the AONB.
  • Reinforcement of the sewerage network and treatment works.