Village Design Statement


B&NES has confirmed its decision to formally adopt with effect from 6 October 2018 the Priston VDS as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to the B&NES Placemaking Plan.

You can access the adopted version of the Priston VDS here.
Printed copies have been provided to Priston residents by Priston Parish Council. 
The Planning & Policy Background to the VDS is available here (version updated 25 Jan 2019).
The adoption of the VDS as an SPD gives the document significant weight in planning decisions relating to Priston.  It will be regarded as a material consideration by B&NES in determining planning applications submitted for properties within Priston.  It will also be used by Priston Parish Council to inform the comments on planning applications which the Council submits to B&NES.

If you are preparing a planning application for a development within Priston it is important that you read and understand the VDS, and take it into account in your development proposals.

You can find below the background to the VDS, and details of how it was developed, including the extensive consultation involved

A Public Meeting was held on 22 November 2014 to discuss with villagers how to broaden the work previously undertaken on the Place-making Plan  to produce a Village Design Statement (VDS).

The VDS was intended to define the special character of Priston and help us, through B&NES, to influence changes to our built environment.   A small VDS Working Group was formed to take forward the work and was chaired by Gail Pattison.

A Drop-In Session was held in the Village Hall on 7 March 2015 at which Julie O'Rourke our B&NES Link Planning Officer spoke about the advantages of creating a Village Design Statement.
(view a slideshow of pictures taken at the event,and comments provided by visitors to the session).

A children's logo competition was also held.  The winning entry was from Tom Cantwell.  His logo is used on the Village Design Statement.  Logos from Emily and Sophie Franklin-Adams were used to adorn the questionnaire issued to villagers.

As part of the process, the VDS Working Group issued a questionnaire to all households in the village in early May 2015..

The Working Group produced an analysis of responses.
The Priston Village Design Statement Working Party produced a draft document which was endorsed by the Parish Council at its meeting of 11 July 2016.

Aconsultation period of 8 weeks, ending on 30 September 2016, was provided for the whole parish to comment on the draft VDS. As part of this a Drop-in Day was held at the Priston Village Hall on Saturday September 10th to enable parishioners to discuss the VDS with members of the Working Party.

Comments received by the VDS Working Group were considered and were included where appropriate.  The VDS was then submitted to B&NES Council for approval.

B&NES Council subsequently confirmed that the VDS was at that point a material consideration in planning applications, and woul also be considered for adoption as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). 

In order for the VDS to be adopted as an SPD, B&NES needed to perform a further formal consultion with Priston Parish residents, Statutory Authorities like English Heritage, and stakeholders across the B&NES area. This was performed between 18 June and 16 July 2018.  The Priston VDS Working Party distributed a flyer to Priston village residents explaining the consultation process.

B&NES formally adopted the Priston VDS as a Supplementary Planning  Document to the B&NES Placemaking Plan with effect from 6 October 2018, on the basis of a Consultation Statement summarising the consultation process and the feedback received.

Winning logo by Tom Cantwell
Winning logo by Tom Cantwell

Logo entry by Emily Franklin-Adams
Logo by Emily Franklin-Adams

Logo by Sophie Franklin-Adams
Logo by Sophie Franklin-Adams

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