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Crest Nicholson lays foundations of first homes at Harry Stoke

Posted on Saturday 16th November 2019 at 9:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Aerial view of Crest Nicholson's Brooklands Park housing development at Harry Stoke.

Housebuilder Crest Nicholson has wasted no time in getting started on its new 763-home Brooklands Park development in Harry Stoke, with foundations for the first properties going in just weeks after final planning permission was granted on 19th September.

As previously reported, work on constructing a new east-west link road across the site, already approved under outline permission granted in 2007, started in earnest this July.

Two-way temporary traffic lights have been in operation on Westfield Lane since August to facilitate the tying-in of the new link road and the installation of water, gas and electric feeds for the new development.

The Brooklands Park site extends all the way down to the A4174 Ring Road (near UWE). The current activity is focussed on the northern section where 284 homes are planned.

This will be followed by the central section (206 homes).

The southern section (beyond the right edge of the photo above) will then follow, but only after the two high voltage powerlines which cross this area have been undergrounded.

Photo: Aerial image recorded on 27th October 2019, looking south-east from Westfield Lane (near The Aviva Centre). The existing Highbrook Park development of 163 homes can be seen top left. The new road linking Highbrook Park with Westfield Lane runs diagonally to the bottom right of the image. Also visible to the left of this is a new estate road leading to the location of the first foundations. [Credit: Steve Pitts]

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This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 7). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Green light for 763-home development at Harry Stoke

Posted on Sunday 20th October 2019 at 10:31 pm by SH (Editor)

 

Photo of a sign advertising Crest Nicholson's Brooklands Park housing development.

Housebuilder Crest Nicholson has secured final planning approval for a 763-home development on land at Harry Stoke.

The new estate will also have a community centre, nursery and shops, but there will be no GP or dental surgery.

A baseline of 194 affordable homes (25.4 percent of the total) are to be provided through a joint venture between Crest and Sovereign Housing Association.

Plans for a 1.5-form-entry primary school are also in the pipeline but are the subject of a separate planning application that is yet to be determined.

The greenfield site is bordered by the A4174 Ring Road to the south, Harry Stoke Road to the west and north and the Ham Brook to the east.

It forms part of a wider area that was designated in South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Local Plan, adopted in 2006, for the construction of a total of 1,200 new homes.

Outline planning permission for the whole neighbourhood was subsequently granted in 2007, but to date only 166 homes have been built – at the site now known as Highbrook Park, further to the east.

A reserved matters (detailed) planning application for the 763-home development was submitted by Muben Investments in December 2017. However, the land was subsequently acquired by Crest Nicholson, who submitted a swathe of revised plans in late November 2018, in part to substitute its own housetypes. The move angered close neighbours who claimed the style of housing proposed along the western “rural edge” had been “completely changed” and was out of keeping with the existing architecture in Harry Stoke hamlet.

Concerns were also expressed about the height of properties (up to 4-storeys) on the highest part of the site and the preservation of an archaeological feature within the site which was originally thought to be a moat, but was later identified by an expert as likely being the remnants of a medieval fishpond.

More: The development will be completed in three phases »

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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.

More: Pressure on council to progress 763-home planning application »

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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)

More: Medieval fishponds are usually rectangular »

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