Planning applications lodged to build 1,600 new homes between Stoke Gifford and Hambrook

East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood: Sketch Composite Framework Plan (August 2016).

Housebuilder Crest Nicholson has submitted two planning applications to build a total of more than 1,600 new homes on open countryside to the south of Bradley Stoke.

The East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood site is allocated for development within South Gloucestershire Council’s adopted Core Strategy and consequently now sits outside the Green Belt.

The application on land north of the South Wales mainline railway is for 327 new homes and associated infrastructure and landscaping. This is a hybrid application, with full permission being sought for some elements and outline permission for others. The full application is for 150 homes, an earthworks strategy, access and public open space. Outline permission is being sought for 177 new homes, as well as a new primary school and nursery.

The application on land south of the South Wales mainline railway seeks outline permission for a mixed use development including 1,290 new homes, a local centre, community facilities, landscaping and open space and detailed access junctions.

John Terry, regional development director at Crest Nicholson, said:

“We’re excited to have reached this milestone for what is a strategically important scheme for the future of South Gloucestershire, which will deliver a considerable amount of much-needed housing to the authority in a non-Green Belt location.”

“Consultation on both applications was conducted comprehensively so that residents and stakeholders would be in possession of the full facts and we are grateful to all those who have responded to us. Feedback received has helped shape the development of the final submitted plans.”

As part of the consultation, a number of options were provided for local residents to consider with regard to the future operation of Hambrook Lane, which has recently reopened following work on the Stoke Gifford Transport Link.

John Terry went on to say:

“The options for the future operation of Hambrook Lane was the most frequently raised issue during our consultation and we received mixed feedback from respondents.”

“Following analysis of the comments received, we have proposed retaining the existing alignment of Hambrook Lane and the junction with Old Gloucester Road, and providing the additional connection to Old Gloucester Road through the new development. Additional traffic calming measures are also being considered, subject to agreement with the council.”

Information made available at the developer’s previous public exhibitions is available to view on the project’s website and questions and queries may be directed to or Freephone 0800 298 7040.

• The planning applications are available to view on South Gloucestershire Council’s website under the references PT16/4928/O (north site) and PT16/4782/O (south site).

Image: Sketch Composite Framework Plan. [Click to enlarge. Hi-res version available here on or as a JPEG or PDF on Dropbox.]

N.B. Annotations have been added by the Journal. Refer to the planning applications for definitive documents.

Artist's impression of part of Crest Nicholson's proposed development at East of Harry Stoke.

Image: Artist’s impression of part of the proposed development.


The East of Harry Stoke (EoHS) New Neighbourhood is an area than was removed from the Green Belt and allocated for development in South Gloucestershire Council’s Core Strategy, which was officially adopted in December 2013.

The area lies to the south-east of Bradley Stoke and is bounded by the Winterbourne Road to the north, the M4 and M32 to the east, the A4174 Ring Road to the south and Stoke Gifford / Harry Stoke to the west.

The Core Strategy foresees up to 2,000 new homes being built in EoHS. Crest Nicholson controls the majority of the site, but not all of it. The planning applications that have been submitted (comprising a total of 1,617 new homes) relate to the proportion of the site controlled by Crest Nicholson. The current applications claim to have considered not only their own impact, but also the cumulative impact of the remainder of the site coming forward for development at similar densities. The working assumption is that, in due, course the remainder of the site will come forward for development and the full 2,000 houses will be delivered,

The statutory period for determination of these two applications ends in December 2016 and Crest Nicholson say they will be encouraging the council to determine the applications as swiftly as possible. It is likely that, following planning consent, Crest Nicholson would seek to make a start on both application sites. Completion of the south site is likely to take around 10 years.

The opening date of the new primary school would be the subject of discussion between Crest Nicholson and South Gloucestershire Council as part of the legal agreement accompanying the planning permission.

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This article originally appeared in the October 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on pages 6 & 7), delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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