Claims Yate and Coalpit Heath could merge if thousands more homes are built

December 22 2016

AN action group fears Yate and Coalpit Heath could virtually merge if large scale house building goes ahead.

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AN action group fears Yate and Coalpit Heath could virtually merge if large scale house building goes ahead.

Thousands more homes could be built in South Gloucestershire - including 1,500 in Coalpit Heath and 2,600 in Yate and Chipping Sodbury - under plans for the next 20 years.

Coalpit Heath would double in size if proposals for the village come to fruition, leading to concerns that the character of the area will change and that roads and services will not be able to cope.

The action group VALID - Villagers against Local Intended Developments - said people in Coalpit Heath were angry at the prospect of green belt land in their locality being used for housing.

It said the proposals for the area to be included in the West of England Joint Spatial Plan, coupled with specific proposals by developers on two local sites, had worried residents.

One of them, Pete Connors, said: “Roads and public services are already overloaded.”

Another villager, Lesley Brown, said: “One of the biggest problems with such a disproportionate increase in population is the impact on already stretched local services, specifically health and education.

“This would completely ruin the character of the village. There can be no justification for building on green belt land when there are huge areas of South Gloucestershire not in the green belt that are suitable for housing.” 

VALID said the purpose of the green belt was to prevent urban sprawl.

But the group said building so many houses in Coalpit Heath, together with the expansion of Yate and Chipping Sodbury, would lead to the separate communities “virtually coalescing”.

Its members also raised fears about the effect on the local heritage, environment and wildlife, potential flooding and risks posed to new development from the former coal mining industry in the Yate and Coalpit Heath area.