Builders take plans for new Yate homes to second appeal

February 28 2017

DEVELOPERS have lodged another appeal in their bid to build homes on a site in Yate.

DEVELOPERS have lodged another appeal in their bid to build homes on a site in Yate.

Planners at South Gloucestershire Council have twice rejected the Woodstock Homes scheme to demolish a bungalow in Cambrian Drive in order to gain access to a landlocked piece of ground.

The company wants to put 18 homes on the site and after the council refused to give consent on the first occasion, Woodstock appealed to a planning inspector to overturn the ruling.

But the inspector supported the decision, leading to Woodstock re-submitting the scheme, saying it had addressed the inspector’s concerns.

South Gloucestershire opposed it a second time, repeating its view that it would result in “significant and demonstrable harm” and failed to reach the highest possible standards of site planning and design.

Yate Town Council also strongly opposed the plan, together with a number of residents. It said the land was a well-used piece of open space and it was essential to keep it open.

But Woodstock and the Pegasus Group, acting for the company, have gone back to the planning inspectorate for a ruling and an inspector will again consider the evidence put forward.

One of the key issues behind the refusal was access to the site. South Gloucestershire said the proposed route in and out would affect an existing car-free public right of way to the rear of the site.

But the developers claimed there would be a “convenient, attractive access” for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists and people with disabilities.