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Planning approval for 550-home development off Coldharbour Lane

Posted on Sunday 14th December 2014 at 10:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Land East of Coldharbour Lane in Stoke Gifford, Bristol - the site of a proposed 550 dwelling housing development.

Plans for a 550-home development to the east of Coldharbour Lane in Stoke Gifford have been given the go-ahead by members of South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Committee.

Approval was granted on Thursday 4th December, subject to a ‘Section 106’ agreement setting out the community facilities, affordable housing and contributions to local education and health services, public transport and cycling facilities that the developer will provide as part of the scheme.

The 37-acre site is one of three strategic housing schemes currently being developed near the University of the West of England (UWE) Frenchay campus, alongside nearby Cheswick Village and the Harry Stoke new neighbourhood.

Full planning permission has been granted for 282 of the 550 homes (phase 1) and outline planning permission for the remainder (phase 2).

Subject to full planning permission being granted, phase 2 will be constructed on the site of UWE’s Car Park 20, which has temporary permission for parking for up to 1,000 vehicles for students/visitors/staff.

As part of its Section 106 agreement, the scheme will include contributions towards 173 primary school places as well as a 30-place nursery.

An on-site community centre, recreational open spaces and contributions to local allotments and library services will also be included, together with contributions of £750,000 to the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus scheme and £50,000 to the Frome Valley cycle route.

One-third of the homes on the development will be affordable housing.

Cllr Dave Hockey, chair of the Development Control Committee, said:

“This is an important strategic development for South Gloucestershire that will deliver many of the new homes and infrastructure we will need in the future including, in particular, MetroBus and cycling facilities which are so important in this congested area.”

“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to work positively with the developer to agree a comprehensive package of Section 106 measures and I look forward to seeing work start on site in the coming months.”

Related link: Report to the Development Control Committee (SGC)

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SGS College’s Olympus Theatre stages Aladdin

Posted on Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 1:24 pm by SH (Editor)

SGS College production of Aladdin.

Pantomime comes to South Gloucestershire and Stroud (SGS) College’s Olympus Theatre in Stoke Gifford this week when students stage a five-day production of Aladdin.

The genre has always been known for its high level of audience participation, eye-catching costumes, stunning sets and sing-along songs. Now SGS College has produced a pantomime like no other, featuring a cast of highly professional young and talented actors.

The production will be following the original rags to riches story of Aladdin, whose life gets turned upside down when he finds a magical lamp, meeting a princess, a baddie and a raucous dame along the way. However, the story takes on a new twist with a special anti-bullying message. Linking in with the national anti-bullying strategy, the college has created an underlying theme in the production that is suitable for all ages.

Steve Titchmarsh, Head of Department, commented:

“Open to the local community and wider, this is a great alternative to bigger shows whilst still being of the same quality. This year, our degree students are performing throughout. It really will be a spectacular show!”

With a bit of theatre magic, an actual flying carpet, and great ticket prices, this panto is not to be missed. The show runs from Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th December at the Olympus Theatre located on the WISE Campus in Stoke Gifford. So bring your loudest voices and come join in the fun!

The show will be held at various times throughout the four days. To book tickets online, visit For further details, contact the Production Manager, Fran Hollingworth, on 0117 9192639 or e-mail

Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

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