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Call to preserve historic Harry Stoke ‘moat’

Posted on Monday 22nd April 2019 at 10:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Adrian Kerton (right) and local resident David Shore at the ‘moat’.

As Crest Nicholson prepares to begin construction of a 763-home development in Harry Stoke (subject to final planning approval), a local history enthusiast is calling on the developer to preserve a historic water feature…

By Adrian Kerton

The ‘moat’ at Harry Stoke has always been regarded as an insignificant small pond, but now the surrounding scrub has been cleared, it can be seen to be a large, well engineered water feature, with an extensive dry stone wall. It is connected by an underground stone lined drain to the Stonelands pond, which is a breeding pond for the great crested newt, and as the two ponds are connected, it is probable that the moat is also a breeding pond.

So what is the purpose of the feature? A map of 1951 shows the designation as a ‘moat’, but the surrounding terrain suggests it never encompassed the early medieval settlement.

So what was it? We know that in 1304 John le White of Bristol sold a plot of land and a mill to Margaret Gifford, so was it the mill pond? Previous excavations haven’t shown the presence of a mill, but South Gloucestershire Council archaeologist Paul Driscoll has requested some exploratory trenches.

The other explanation is that the moat is a medieval fishpond.

“Like field-ponds, fishponds have not been seriously studied. Popular legend links them exclusively with monasteries and monastic properties, but in fact the fishpond was a useful adjunct to any village.” – B. K. Roberts, Medieval Fishponds, 1966

“Period fishponds are very representative of large scale animal husbandry during the medieval and post medieval period. As such they have considerable historic interest.” – Historic England (which lists more than 50 medieval fishponds as scheduled monuments)

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Developer’s masterplan for 2,000 new homes east of Harry Stoke

Posted on Friday 3rd April 2015 at 11:51 pm by SH (Editor)

East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood Strategic Masterplan: Access and Movement Strategy.

Crest Nicholson has published a strategic masterplan for an area of Green Belt east of Harry Stoke and south of Bradley Stoke where it is foreseen that 2,000 new homes will be built by 2027.

The masterplan amplifies the vision and objectives for development set out in South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Core Strategy, adopted in December 2013, which identifies the East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood as a strategic housing site.

SGC is inviting comments on the developer’s masterplan through a public consultation which runs until 23rd April 2015 (recently extended from 11th April).

Copies of the Crest Nicholson masterplan may be viewed online at

Paper copies are available to view at local libraries and the council’s One Stop Shops.

For more information, contact SGC’s Customer Service Centre on 01454 868004.

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Updated planning document revealed for 2,000 home development

Posted on Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 2:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Illustrative framework diagram of the East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood.

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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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.

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