Posts Tagged ‘East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood’

Update on the 2,600+ new homes coming to the Stokes

Posted on Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 9:31 pm by SH (Editor)

A collage of signs advertising various housing developments at Harry Stoke.

Anyone who has driven along the A4174 Ring Road between Abbey Wood and Hambrook recently can’t failed to have noticed the plethora of housing developer signs that have sprung up along the northern edge of the road, with Crest Nicholson and Linden Homes telling us that some new development is ‘Coming soon’ and urging us to ‘Register now’.

Journal readers will be aware from previous articles that 2,000 new homes are to be built on either side of the Stoke Gifford By-Pass, which links Parkway North with the Ring Road. This development is known as the ‘East of Harry Stoke (EoHS) New Neighbourhood’, where the houses are currently planned to be completed between 2020 and 2026, subject to further planning approvals and S106 agreements.

This is in addition to the 1,200 new homes earmarked over a decade ago for an adjoining area further to the west known as ‘Land at Harry Stoke’ (LaHS). Here, just 166 units of the approved housing quota have so far been delivered – at Crest Nicholson’s Highbrook Park development.

Little has happened on the ground for the last couple of years, but that all changed in July when excavators began work in earnest on land between Westfield Way and Highbrook Park. The Journal understands that this activity is associated with the construction of a new access road that the developers are contractually obliged to provide before the 200th home can be occupied on the LaHS site, suggesting that house building might be about to resume.

Photo of excavators at a site off Westfield Lane.

Above: Construction activity at a site off Westfield Lane.

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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.”

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Green light for 327 new homes and primary school on land to the east of Stoke Gifford

Posted on Sunday 20th January 2019 at 8:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Map showing Crest Nicholson land north of the railway.

House builder Crest Nicholson has been granted planning permission to build a total of 327 new homes, along with a primary school and a nursery, on steeply sloping agricultural land immediately east of Great Stoke Way and the new Stoke Gifford Transport Link (SGTL).

The 22-hectare development, which lies north of the main railway line that runs through Bristol Parkway, will form part of the East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood, an area earmarked for 2,000 new homes in South Gloucestershire Council’s Core Strategy.

Full permission was granted for 150 of the homes and a site-wide earthworks strategy, with outline permission for the remaining 177 homes, the primary school and the nursery.

The approval comes follows the granting of outline planning permission, in November 2018, for 1,290 new homes on Crest’s related site to the south of the railway.

A number of smaller sites in other ownerships are expected to contribute the remainder of the new neighbourhood’s overall housing quota.

Access to the ‘Crest north’ site will be from a new arm off Parkway North Roundabout in the west, and via a new junction on Old Gloucester Road, 90m south of its junction with Winterbourne Road in the east. A pinch point will be introduced on the main spine road through the development to discourage through traffic.

Extensive earthworks are required to create a level plateau to enable development. These earthworks comprise levelling the site at its highest point and infilling areas on the lower slopes, with no intention to take material off site. This will involve the excavation and relocation of 250,000sqm of material, resulting in embankments with gradients as steep as 1:2 around the perimeter of the site.

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Green light for 1,290 new homes between Stoke Gifford and M32

Posted on Tuesday 13th November 2018 at 10:44 pm by SH (Editor)

East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood: Crest Nicholson Masterplan (October 2018).

House builder Crest Nicholson has been granted outline planning permission to build nearly 1,300 new homes on farm land between Stoke Gifford and the M32. The decision, which follows seven years of preparation and negotiation, was reached by South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Development Control (West) Committee on Thursday 4th October, following a site inspection on 21st September.

The land to which the planning permission relates forms part of the East of Harry Stoke (EoHS) New Neighbourhood, specifically the area in Crest’s ownership or influence (shown with a red outline in the plan, right) south of the railway line.

The development will be accessed from two new junctions on the recently opened Stoke Gifford Transport Link (a.k.a. Stoke Gifford By-Pass). One will be a signalised junction approximately 130m north of the existing Oxleigh Way junction. The second will be a signalised crossroads a short distance south of the existing Hambrook Lane crossroads. There will also be access from Old Gloucester Road, at a point 80m north of the bridge over the M32.

The Hambrook Lane junction with the SGTL will be modified to be ‘left-in and left-out only’ on the west side. There will be no access for motor vehicles to or from the east side.

Andrew Dobson from Crest Nicholson commented:

“We are pleased that councillors supported our application to deliver 1,290 new homes in South Gloucestershire, helping the council to meet its five-year housing land supply on a site allocated for residential development.”

“This development will also deliver numerous benefits to the local community including providing opportunities for local shops, a community building as well as landscaping and open spaces for play areas and allotments.”

“The committee’s decision follows an extensive process of public consultation prior to the submission of the application and post-submission engagement with planning officers and statutory consultees.”

“We will continue to work closely with the local community on these proposals.”

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