Pill & Easton-in-Gordano Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan

Abbots Leigh and Pill & Easton-in-Gordano Neighbourhood Plan


Community led framework for guiding long term development of the area, which then becomes part of the statutory planning framework.

Vision and Challenges

Vision – The  maintenance and management of distinct, stable, and sustainable settlements, meeting local needs and promoting strong communities.


  • Avoid development sprawl and merging of local villages
  • Meet housing need (low cost housing for local people)
  • Sustain open spaces and environment (maintain Green Belt)
  • Manage increasing overload and congestion on main traffic routes
  • Improve accessibility and safeguard cycle and pedestrian movement
  • Support community cohesion/activity (local jobs, services, community groups)

Neighbourhood Plan Area Profile using 2011 parish profiles and other sources.

Geography and land use : Demographic: Economic (business and employment): Social: Cultural: Heritage: Environment: Community.

Policy Context.  NSC Core Strategy: West of England Joint Spatial Plan: Joint Transport Study: NSC Green Belt Review: NSC Development Management Policies 2016.

Consultation:  Agencies, Bristol Port Company, Businesses, Village Representatives (Parish Councils, Churches, Schools, Community).

Neighbourhood Plan Topics

Housing  –  Local need as shown by housing survey, smaller houses, Community Development Trust, infill housing, housing, land supply, needs of older people, children and young people, families and single people.

Movement  –  Road use (motor traffic and the A369), public transport (rail and bus), cycling, pedestrians and walking, road safety, isolated communities and accessibility.

Employment  –  Business, retail, developers, farms, garden centres, working at home, employment land, education and training.  Review Pill local centre functions.

Environment and Biodiversity  –  Open space, woodland, verges, wildlife.

Heritage and Culture

Leisure  –  Sport, cycling, angling.

Local Services  –  Shops, library, community centres, health centres, villages halls, waste management.

Community  –  Voluntary and community organisations, community resources.

Sustainability  –  Renewable and low carbon energy.