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Plans submitted for first phase of 1,200 home development at Harry Stoke

Posted on Monday 30th April 2012 at 5:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Harry Stoke masterplan showing area relating to PT12/1302/RM.

House builder Crest Nicholson has submitted detailed plans for the first phase of its 1,200 home development on former green belt land at Harry Stoke.

The application, for 166 dwellings, comes seven months after a masterplan for part of the development (phases 1 & 2 with parts of phases 3 & 5) was approved by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), in September 2011.

Access to the site will initially be from the Avon Ring Road (A4174), via a new road that heads northwards from a point opposite the Holiday Inn before it turns left to run westwards through the new development.

The first section of the access road will eventually form the southernmost part of the Stoke Gifford by-pass which, when complete, will link the Avon Ring Road to Great Stoke Way, near the Virgin Active Health Club. The by-pass forms part of the £102m North Fringe to Hengrove Bus Rapid Transit Scheme, which was approved for Government funding in December last year.

Land at Harry Stoke was first earmarked for development in SGC’s Local Plan, adopted in January 2006. The plan anticipated that 900 homes would be built by 2011 but a series of legal wrangles and the economic downturn have meant that construction is still yet to start.

An application for outline planning permission submitted in March 2006 had to be determined by a planning inspector in October 2007 after the Council failed to issue a decision within the required time frame. The inspector recommended that the application be refused but this was later overruled by the Secretary of State in December 2007.

Despite being granted permission, Crest Nicholson failed to commence work on the development, claiming that the depressed state of the housing market had rendered it unviable. Negotiations with SGC led to the Council agreeing, in December 2010, to a reduction in ‘Section 106’ contributions demanded of the developer. A reduction in the proportion of social housing units from 33.3% to 25% was also agreed at this time.

More: Council plans a further 2,000 homes in the area from 2016/17 »

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Trev’s 92-Day Trek gets underway this week

Posted on Sunday 29th April 2012 at 6:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Mike Trevelyan - charity cyclist from Bristol.

Little Stoke resident Mike Trevelyan is due to set off on a mammoth 2,000 mile charity cycle ride this week, to raise money for St Peter’s Hospice.

Mike, 21, plans to visit the grounds of  all 92 Football and Premier League clubs in England and Wales in just 92 days.

His epic journey, titled “Trev’s 92-Day Trek”, begins on Wednesday (2nd May) at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol, and, all being well, will end on 1st August at Cheltenham Town’s Whaddon Road ground.

Mike is making the trip in memory of his dad, Edward, – known as Trev – a massive Bristol Rovers fan who was looked after at the hospice.

The 1st August is significant for Mike as it is the anniversary of the day his dad passed away at the charity’s Brentry hospice, following a two month stay.

Mike said:

“I lost my father just over three years ago to cancer and have been trying to think of ways to raise money for the hospice.”

“All of the staff looking after my father did such a fantastic job looking after him, for which I am extremely grateful.”

For further details of Mike’s trip, see his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter (@Trevs92daytrek) and visit his JustGiving page.

More: Mike says he’s hoping for an improvement in the weather »

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“Hands off our youth centre” say Parish Councillors

Posted on Monday 23rd April 2012 at 1:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Little Stoke Youth Centre, Little Stoke Lane, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Councillors in Stoke Gifford have expressed concern over suggestions that Little Stoke Youth Centre might be taken over by Bradley Stoke Town Council as part of a radical restructuring of the way local youth clubs are funded.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is currently undertaking a public consultation on cost-cutting proposals for the services it provides to children, young people and families in the district, which include transferring control of youth centres to “locally based organisations” from April 2013.

The types of organisation foreseen as future operators include town and parish councils, charities, community interest companies, social enterprises, staff owned mutual and private providers.

Stoke Gifford Parish Councillor Ernie Brown told a recent council meeting that he had recently attended a meeting with the staff of the youth centre and Cllr Ben Walker, Mayor of Bradley Stoke. He reported:

“It’s quite clear. If this parish doesn’t take over the running of the youth centre, Bradley Stoke will.”

Cllr Brown’s statement was met with concern from his colleagues. Cllr Brian Allinson, who is also a member of SGC’s ruling cabinet, said:

“When spending on youth activities goes down, problems increase. As a council, we do need to keep a close eye on this one.

“It’s in our patch. We shouldn’t allow it [to be taken over by Bradley Stoke].”

More: Up to 13 youth centres may have to be "decommissioned" »

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Planning application for University Technical College expected soon

Posted on Saturday 21st April 2012 at 3:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Proposed Bristol Technology & Engineering College, Stoke Gifford.

A planning application for the construction of a University Technical College (UTC) on the site of the former Filton High School looks set to be submitted soon following a public consultation event held earlier this week.

Funding for the a UTC to serve Bristol and South Gloucestershire was approved by the Government in October 2011 and South Gloucestershire Council has earmarked the New Road site as its preferred location.

Subject to planning approvals, the UTC will be constructed adjacent to a new engineering department building that the City of Bristol College wants to erect on the same site, in front of Abbeywood Community School.

A planning application for the engineering department building, submitted in December last year, looks set to be given the green light at next week’s meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Committee after a recently published officer’s report recommended approval.

University Technical Colleges are a Government initiative that give 14-19 year olds the opportunity to “take a highly regarded, full time, technically-oriented course of study”. Staff manning this week’s consultation event said the Government was keen to see the Bristol and South Gloucestershire UTC open by September 2013.

Formally known as the Bristol Technology & Engineering Academy (BTE Academy), the new UTC will be attended by a total of 440 students when fully occupied. In the first year of opening , the maximum number of students is expected to be 120 in Year 10 and 100 in Year 12. When fully operational, the UTC will have 33 Full Time Equivalent members of staff.

More: Proposed UTC is co-sponsored by local engineering firms »

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