Builders told to get on with approved housing schemes before looking for new sites

July 03 2016

DEVELOPERS have been told to build homes in South Gloucestershire for which they already have permission instead of continuing to draw up schemes for hundreds more.

DEVELOPERS have been told to build homes in South Gloucestershire for which they already have permission instead of continuing to draw up schemes for hundreds more.
 There are fears among the district’s councillors that they no longer have control over planning.
In a motion accepted unanimously by South Gloucestershire Council, Liberal Democrats called on developers to get on and build houses which have been approved instead of constantly adding more permissions with no strategic plan.
 Councillor Maggie Tyrrell said: “The frustration is overwhelming. I hope this sends a message to our officers and to Government. Please, let us build communities, not sprawling estates that take 20 or 30 years to develop a community.”
 Mrs Tyrrell represents Thornbury, where 800 new houses have just been built or are under construction, with plans for hundreds more approved and even more schemes being put forward.
The motion said well planned development could breathe new life into areas by increasing the economic and social activity present. But while consent had been given for about 12,000 homes across the district, they as yet remained unbuilt.
It called for action to allow councils to take planning permissions already given into account when calculating the figures for a five-year land supply.
Councillor Clare Fardell said: “We have in fact got our five-year land supply but the developers aren’t building. It is absolutely absurd.
“We used to ask what kind of place South Gloucestershire was and we realised we had many strong communities.
“They were all different and all had pride in their communities. This is what we want to foster, which is so hard when we just get more and more piled in.”