Councillors at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) have approved detailed plans for 166 homes to be built by Crest Nicholson on land at Harry Stoke.
The homes, ranging from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom houses, will form part of a new development that will eventually consist of 1,200 dwellings.
The Harry Stoke site was first earmarked for development in SGC’s Local Plan, adopted in January 2006 but a series of legal wrangles and the economic downturn delayed the project.
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.
Objections to the ‘reserved matters’ planning application for the first batch of 166 dwellings were received from 15 local residents, whose concerns included loss of recreational space, the height of the proposed buildings and the lack of transport links.
A report produced by the Council’s officers made it clear that the land does not lie in the Green Belt and said that most of the residents’ objections could not be considered because they had already been addressed during assessment of the outline planning application, permission for which was granted in 2007.
As no District Councillors chose to “call in” the latest application, it was not discussed by the Council’s Planning Committee. Permission was subsequently granted (on 28th September) by the Council’s Director of Planning, under “delegated powers”.
Conditions attached to the decision include requirements on the developer to provide further details of off-street parking and bin storage for two apartment blocks and provide details of features that will enable great crested newts to span the east-west link road through the development.