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Committee to consider objections to Little Stoke Lane speed table proposals

Posted on Monday 28th January 2013 at 5:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Traffic calming chicane on Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, Bristol.

Objections to proposals to replace priority narrowings in Little Stoke Lane with a series of full-width raised tables are to be considered at a Council meeting this week.

South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning, Transport & Strategic Environment (PTSE) Committee, meeting in Kingswood on Wednesday, will consider three objections to the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that was advertised between 20th November and 13th December last year, along with one letter of support and another that asks for formal crossing points to be introduced as part of the scheme.

The Council is proposing to install a series of six raised tables, five of which replace priority narrowings, with a sixth positioned close to Giffard House.

The scheme was drawn up after some local residents complained that the existing priority narrowings encourage aggressive driving. The Council also claims the raised tables will be “less onerous to buses”, which has allowed it to secure funding of £150k from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

An earlier public consultation on a package of proposed traffic calming measures in Little Stoke Lane was held from 30th July to 31st August 2012. Other aspects of the scheme include amendments to the school entrance markings for Little Stoke Primary School and the introduction of a 20mph zone covering Maple Close and a length of Little Stoke Lane either side of the Maple Close junction.

More: Work set to start on 4th February »

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Residents complain of “lack of consultation” on Harry Stoke housing developments

Posted on Tuesday 22nd January 2013 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Public meeting called to discuss proposed housing development in Harry Stoke.

Concerned local residents who attended a public meeting called to discuss proposed new housing developments on green belt land to the east of Harry Stoke claimed they haven’t been properly consulted on the plans that could see 3,200 new homes constructed by 2027.

Today’s meeting in Little Stoke Community Hall, organised by the Hambrook Lane Action Group, was attended by around 60 residents and local Councillors, following publicity in the Bristol Post yesterday and on Radio Bristol this morning. Also at the meeting were two officers from South Gloucestershire Council (SGC): Patrick Conroy (Strategic Planning) and Donna Whinham (Major Sites Team Manager).

The meeting was chaired by former Stoke Gifford Parish Councillor David Bradshaw, who presented a list of pre-prepared questions to the SGC officers.

SGC’s Core Strategy, a long-term planning blueprint document for the period 2012-2027, allows for the construction of 2,000 new homes in an area referred to as the ‘East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood’. The homes are in addition to the 1,200 dwellings that already have outline planning permission on a site owned by Crest Nicholson east of Harry Stoke Road.

Mr Conroy explained to the meeting that the independent inspector appointed by the Government to examine the soundness of the Council’s Core Strategy had insisted that 28,535 new homes be constructed across the district over the plan’s 15-year timeframe. Taking already committed sites out of the equation leaves the Council needing to find sites for 23,365 new homes, and the plan is for 57% of those to be constructed within the North Fringe of Bristol.

More: Stoke Gifford By-Pass is key to addressing traffic concerns »

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Stoke Gifford news in brief 20/01/13

Posted on Sunday 20th January 2013 at 4:37 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford & North Bristol news in brief.

New coach service from UWE to Bristol Airport

Greyhound UK has announced that it is introducing a new express coach service between South Wales and Bristol Airport from Monday 11th March. The service will call at the UWE campus in Stoke Gifford, providing a new public transport option between North Bristol and the airport. Existing coach services from UWE include the Megabus route between London and Cardiff, with ticket prices that are often a fraction of those charged for the train journey from Bristol Parkway. Read more …

Man crushed while changing tyre on roundabout

A man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being pinned between two vehicles on a roundabout in Bradley Stoke last Tuesday (15th January). The man, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to Frenchay Hospital with what were described as “life changing injuries” following the incident on the Savages Wood Roundabout, near Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. Some reports from the scene suggest he may have been changing a tyre when he was struck by another vehicle. A third vehicle is then believed to have collided with the first two. Read more in the Bradley Stoke Journal …

Council seeks views on plans to build 5,700 homes on and around the Filton Airfield site

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has extended the deadline for comments on its draft Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the proposed Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood, which could see 5,700 new dwellings built in the area by 2027. The area covered by the new neighbourhood includes Cribbs Causeway, Catbrain Hill, the Filton Airfield site, land south of the airfield at Wyck Beck Road and Fishpool Hill and land west of the A4018 (Haw Wood). Read more in The Patchway Journal …

Police Commissioner brings consultation tour to Patchway

The newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens is paying a visit to North Bristol on Thursday 7th February when she will be in Patchway to hear the views of residents, community groups, business organisations, victims of crime and other stakeholders. The visit is part of a consultation being carried prior to the production of a five-year Police and Crime Plan which addresses the policing and community safety needs of the area. There is also an online consultation survey, hard copies of which can be picked up from local libraries. Read more in the Patchway Journal …

More news in brief: pub re-opening and football coaching &raquo

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Formal planning permission granted for UWE Stadium

Posted on Friday 18th January 2013 at 3:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Aerial view of Bristol Rover's proposed new UWE Stadium in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire Council has granted formal planning permission for the new UWE Stadium in Stoke Gifford, following successful conclusion of negotiations over the scheme’s ‘Section 106’ obligations.

Councillors originally resolved to approve the 21,700 seat stadium in July, subject to completion of the Section 106 agreement which sets out its contributions and enhancements to local infrastructure and amenities.

With negotiations now successfully concluded, the Council’s planning department has granted permission to proceed with the project.

Welcoming the news, Chair of the Council’s DC West Planning Committee Dave Hockey said:

“This is a very exciting development for the stadium project and we are delighted to be able to grant formal permission to proceed.”

“We had extremely positive negotiations over the scheme’s Section 106 provisions and are confident that the measures agreed with Bristol Rovers and UWE will address concerns raised by local people, especially in relation to transport, parking and crowd control before, during and after events. The Liaison Group to be set up from the start of construction will enable local residents to be involved.”

“The stadium will bring many economic, cultural and sporting benefits to the people of South Gloucestershire and surrounding areas and we have been extremely supportive of Rovers and UWE’s plans throughout the development phase.”

“We look forward to seeing construction work begin on the site.”

Cllr John Calway, Leader of the Council and the Conservative Group, added:

“This flagship project is a massive boost for South Gloucestershire, our local economy and for our continuing efforts to secure a sporting and cultural legacy to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

“I pay tribute to the council officers who have worked tirelessly with UWE and Bristol Rovers over many months to get us to this all-important milestone.”

The stadium is a joint venture project between Bristol Rovers and the University of the West of England. As well as becoming the new home for Bristol Rovers, the stadium is also set to host non-sporting events such as concerts. It will also include a gym and convenience store as well as teaching facilities for UWE.

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