Updated planning document revealed for 2,000 home development

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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  1. How much more can our area take we are nearly bursting at the seams, what about putting housing in other areas like almondsbury, thornbury, etc plenty of land out that way i just do not know how the roads are going to cope, well they are not are they it’s going to be gridlock in the mornings and evenings no matter what you do the transport system is a mess, expensive, does not run on time does not go to all areas. Councillors stop building your south glos empire and think of the people that live there.

  2. What a horrible and ugly vision! 4000 plus cars spilling out onto the roads is only the start of the nightmare. Can you imagine the chaos caused by all these extra residents at the one person manned post office, the dentist, doctors etc. Sainsbury’s can’t keep their shelves stocked now – what will it be like when all the new residents start pouring into the car park? It’s a total blot on the landscape and will ruin the area for everyone living there. The sight of a few grazing cattle, a woodpecker in the trees and people exercising their dogs will be lost for ever to a concrete jungle and the stench of 4000 exhausts every morning and night.

    Does anyone really care though?

  3. People like you forget when your house was built and on what land what a bunch of NIMBY`S but its ok for you but nobody else .
    There is plenty of land around this area and beyond

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