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Housing minister makes flying visit to the Stokes

Posted on Monday 11th March 2019 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Toby Savage, Kit Malthouse and Tim Bowles standing beside the new Stoke Gifford By-Pass.

The government’s housing minister Kit Malthouse paid a flying visit to the Stokes on 31st January as part of a trip to the West of England Combined Authority (Weca) area to view sites where new homes are being built, or are planned.

Accompanied by Tim Bowles, regional mayor, and Cllr Toby Savage, leader of South Gloucestershire Council, he visited the site of the East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood where 2,000 homes are planned on land that is currently open countryside either side of the new Stoke Gifford By-Pass.

The minister’s schedule also included visits to development sites at Bath Riverside and the Bristol Temple Meads to Keynsham corridor (part of the region’s bid into the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund).

He also held talks with Weca members to discuss calls for further government support towards delivering new homes.

Mr Malthouse, said:

“We’ve had a cracking day on a tour of ambition in an area of the country which is crying out for new housing and is well-served by its civic leaders, who have come together to deliver what the next generation needs.”

West of England mayor Tim Bowles, said:

“It was good to meet the housing minister and show him some of the sites where we are building or planning to build new homes. It was a great opportunity to promote our region’s growing reputation for innovative, inclusive, green and sustainable housing developments.”

“The combined authority is working closely with the government to secure further investment for new homes in the West of England. We know that we need more homes, to buy and rent – homes where they are needed at prices people can afford.”

More: Site presented as a model of ‘plan-led development’ »

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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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Housing Society plans demolition of houses on seven local roads

Posted on Monday 18th March 2013 at 7:00 pm by Nikki Hallur

Merlin Housing Society properties in Collins Avenue, Little Stoke.

Merlin Housing Society, the largest provider of social housing in the area, has informed residents that around 65 properties in Stoke Gifford (including Little Stoke) might require demolition as part of its redevelopment plan. The total number of houses to be redeveloped across South Gloucestershire is over 400.

The properties have been identified as having various structural problems such as poor insulation and damp. Merlin Housing has justified the need for its redevelopment programme by the fact that the houses were constructed after World War II as a quick and temporary solution for the many people that needed accommodation. The deteriorating condition of the buildings now requires restructuring. Over the next seven years, the housing society aims to refurbish some of the old houses and completely reconstruct others. Merlin has said that the demolition notices to residents are a legal requirement, but some of the notified houses may not be redeveloped.

As part of the redevelopment process, Merlin will compensate residents with a payment of £4,700 as well as provision of temporary accommodation elsewhere. Whilst most residents will come back to the same home, Merlin has said it cannot guarantee that everyone will be placed back in the same building because restructuring may mean that a different home in the housing society is more suited to residents when they move back.

More: Reaction from a resident affect by the plans »

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