Go ahead for 500 new homes in Thornbury

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By matt_2009 | Friday, October 19, 2012, 14:07

The reality of 500 new homes on land north of Thornbury is a step closer.

Outline planning permission for the controversial scheme was given the green light at a South Gloucestershire planning committee meeting last night.

The fields in question – about the size of 70 football pitches - are about a mile from the town centre and extend from the back of The Castle secondary school towards Butt Lane.

Supporters of the scheme say that new homes will bring more families into the area and give a boost to the struggling town centre and local primary schools.

Many locals though have spoken out against the plans and want the area to be protected from the development.



  • Profile image for Didii

    OF course your right Tony, and i'm one of the group to fight back, but it seems we have lost out to greed and hidden Agendas, one of which is Castle School.
    i said on our blog site that perhaps we could mount a legal challenge, and we could all make a contribution towards the costs to fund it, this i think would force these idiot Councillors to prove we need this much housing, and more so on such a site as Park Farm, where the flood plains are.
    Theyre Crazy, but what do they care, they don't live here, and have the risk of their homes flooded out!!!

    By Didii at 22:39 on 25/10/12

  • Profile image for hippychic1

    Who is going to fill these houses?? Everyone I know can't afford to buy anyway ;)

    By hippychic1 at 11:05 on 22/10/12

  • Profile image for bigsteve2009

    Well said... the town is getting more and more suburbanised.

    By bigsteve2009 at 09:45 on 22/10/12

  • Profile image for TonyDomaille

    It really is quite depressing to see this development approved. Park Farm was chosen by ill-informed local councillors who's reasoning never stacked up. Over the last two years a huge amount of evidence has been brought forward to show the site selection was flawed, but councillors behaved like the Emperor who thought he had new clothes. No matter how many times they were shown they were naked, they insisted they were dressed in their finest.

    Town and South Glos councillors have demonstrated a breathtaking, disregard for the views of residents, the evidence against their thinking and natural justice. They have taken the view that they could never be wrong and have ignored the mountain of evidence that showed they are.

    So we will soon have 500 houses at Park Farm. Houses that few will be able to afford. Houses that are so far from the shops that hundreds of extra cars will take to the roads, often driving straight through the high street on the way to the Mall or Bristol. Houses that blot the landscape around historic buildings and monuments and will probably need sandbags at the doors when it rains.

    The Planning Inspector clearly thought Thornbury needed more houses, and that's fine. It's just a shame he believed that Thornbury town councillors, and their South Glos counterparts, were remotely competent enough to come up with a workable plan.

    By TonyDomaille at 09:12 on 20/10/12

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