Inquiry set to consider plans for 500 new homes

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By The Bristol Post | Thursday, May 10, 2012, 05:00

CONTROVERSIAL plans for 500 new homes in Thornbury will be considered at an inquiry into South Gloucestershire's development blueprint, with a day set aside for evidence to be heard.

The row over the housing proposal has led to the time being allocated specifically to look at issues affecting the town.

An area at Park Farm has been identified in the core strategy document prepared by South Gloucestershire Council to cover development of the whole district up to 2026.

But families living near Park Farm are fighting the proposal. They are especially angry at what they regard as ineffective consultation before the site was put forward for building, claiming they were unaware it was even being considered.

Thornbury Town Council believes such a scale of new homes will bring more families into the area and give a boost to the struggling town centre and local primary schools.

The area in question is about a mile from the town centre and extends from the back of The Castle secondary school towards Butt Lane.

The core strategy will be the subject of an examination in public starting on June 19 at Kingswood Civic Centre.

It will be led by inspector Paul Crysell, who has already raised questions over the number of homes proposed for the entire district.

South Gloucestershire Council leaders believe 21,500 is the right level – down on the 33,000 previously imposed by the last government – but Mr Crysell said the lower target could have implications "for the economic vitality and robustness of the region" and lead to higher levels of commuting.

      

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  • Profile image for bigsteve2009

    I hear that planning permission has been granted ;) Oh dear

    By bigsteve2009 at 12:29 on 19/10/12

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  • Profile image for bristolreded

    Say NO to nimbys say YES to more council housing.

    By bristolreded at 11:20 on 11/05/12

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  • Profile image for KBarad

    There are more doll abusing born English stock than there are doll abusing immigrants. I've seem plenty of people who have come to this country with the intention to work, who work harder, longer hours for less pay and don't complain about it. No problem with people like that, No problem with benefits for those that really need them, just a problem with those who sit on benefits, have never tried and don't want to try because it's easier to get it for free.

    That aside: there should be some houses built, but 500 is a lot. SGC seem hell bound on pushing all they houses they can into Bristol's north fringe and surrounding towns instead of distributing 50 or so houses to a larger number of small towns, or instead of zoning a new town. It's not being a NIMBY, it's disgust at the lack of consultation, the dumping of destructively large housing estates all in 1 area, and the refusal to provide the infrastructure to actually support it. We are already suffering from the last wave 15 years ago of dumping thousands of houses, and now it happens again

    By KBarad at 04:56 on 11/05/12

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  • Profile image for brisguide

    More NIMBYS - the southwest has to be the worst area for NIMBYs

    By brisguide at 17:15 on 10/05/12

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  • Profile image for geeveeh

    On the bright side, they will also have to build a percentage of social housing, so Thornbury can look forward to an influx of Immigrants and asylum seekers as they will certainly not be allocated to hard working English stock.!

    By geeveeh at 05:57 on 10/05/12

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