Decision day for 130-homes plan on Thornbury’s north side

August 31 2017

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build more houses on land on the north side of Thornbury was being debated as Thornbury Voice went to press.

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build more houses on land on the north side of Thornbury was being debated as Thornbury Voice went to press.

The original outline scheme for land west of Gloucester Road was for 180 homes. That has now been cut to 130 but is still being opposed by the town council, individual objectors and the organisation Trapp’d - Thornbury Residents Against Poorly Planned Development.

The town council said the site was outside the development boundary and was “another example of speculative and unplanned development which will lead to a significant and unsustainable percentage increase in the population of Thornbury without the necessary strategic planning to integrate it into the community and provide the necessary infrastructure”.

It said the town had already accepted enough new development to meet its housing needs and it was unfair that the area was being asked to accommodate even more to meet South Gloucestershire’s five-year housing land supply requirement.

It said: “This level of development is beyond Thornbury's capacity to accommodate this growth sustainably and this will increase pressure on local services and facilities and unbalance the community.

“This proposed development extends the boundary of the town and pushes the development area even further out, increasing the distance to services and facilities to an unsustainable distance.”

The council also raised concerns about access to public transport and the “unimaginative layout of the development” which it claimed would “result in another bland assortment of high cost houses with no local reference, marketed to commuters”.

It said it had serious concerns about drainage and flooding in the area and was concerned 

to hear about the loss of significant mature hedgerows, planting and habitat to create a cycleway, branding the proposals as ill conceived and flawed. 

It also said the design and access to the site was “inherently dangerous and inadequate”.

Councillors said the entrance to the development was on a bend, on a road with high speeds and flooding, which would endanger road users, restrict visibility and badly affect highway safety.

However, papers for the development control committee, which will determine the application on Thursday, August 24, in Turnberries Community Centre, Bath Road, indicated that officers would be recommending approval of the scheme.

Meanwhile, detailed plans for the next stage of house building along Morton Way have been submitted.

Phase three of the development site is for 83 houses, to be built by Bloor Homes.

The application comes after the grant of outline permission for the site on appeal in May 2013 for a total of up to 300 homes across more than 55 acres off Morton Way.

A number of the houses in the overall scheme have already been built as part of earlier phases.