South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has produced an updated version of a document that defines its “vision” for an area of Green Belt land east of Stoke Gifford, where it is foreseen that 2,000 new homes will be built by 2027.
The ‘East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood’ was identified as a strategic housing site in the council’s Core Strategy planning blueprint document, adopted in December 2013.
The proposed Stoke Gifford By-Pass (officially known as the Stoke Gifford Transport Link) will run through the site, forming part of the route for the proposed North Fringe to Hengrove bus rapid transit scheme that will link Cribbs Causeway, Aztec West and Bradley Stoke with the city centre.
Once adopted, the Strategic Planning Document (SPD) will set out the principles and objectives for the area that the council will use in determining any planning applications for the New Neighbourhood, and will identify the infrastructure required to support the needs of the new communities living there.
The previous ‘draft’ version of the SPD, published in November 2013, was criticised by local residents, particularly those living in the Hambrook Lane area, who said they felt too many new homes are being planned for the north Bristol area and that the new development would only add to the existing road congestion problems.
The 2,000 new homes foreseen for the Green Belt area are in addition to 1,200 already being constructed on Crest Nicholson’s Highbrook Park site in Harry Stoke.
Consultation on the latest version of the SPD runs until Monday 28th July. If you’re quick, there’s still time to attend a public exhibition on the plans, which is being held today (Wednesday 18th June) at the Old School Rooms in Stoke Gifford, from 12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 7pm.
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