Draft plan proposes 32,500 homes for South Gloucestershire - thousands of them in the Yate area

October 30 2017

THE final draft of a blueprint for housing and employment development in the West of England has included thousands more homes for South Gloucestershire, including in and around Yate.

THE final draft of a blueprint for housing and employment development in the West of England has included thousands more homes for South Gloucestershire, including in and around Yate.

The document said two broad locations to the north west and west of the town would provide a new residential neighbourhood and employment area.

It set a minimum of 2,000 homes, of which at least 1,000 would be built within the plan period of 20 years.

It also included a new local centre, at least one school and a “significant new employment land allocation” of 30 hectares at west Yate.

Meanwhile, neighbouring Coalpit Heath has been given an allocation of 1,800 houses.

In total, South Gloucestershire is set to expand by 32,500 homes up to 2036, with other allocations including 1,200 in Charfield and a further 500 in Thornbury - which has already seen large scale house building and other plans also given approval.

The controversial Buckover “garden village” scheme for land near to Thornbury has been kept in the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) draft.

Overall, Buckover could see 3,000 homes built but 1,500 have been included for the plan period.

The JSP sets out the overall amount of residential and employment development and where it should be located in the West of England, as well as the infrastructure to support it.

The draft was due to be discussed by the West of England Joint Committee on October 30 and by South Gloucestershire Council on November 8.

Subject to the approval of the four councils within the West of England, consultation is planned this winter before the document and feedback received is sent to the Secretary of State for examination next year.