Householders and councillors fight homes plan for Yate open space

June 30 2015

PLANS to build 18 homes on a piece of open space in Yate have been met with more than 40 objections.

PLANS to build 18 homes on a piece of open space in Yate have been met with more than 40 objections.
Developers at Woodstock Homes want to put the houses and flats on what they call scrub grassland off Cambrian Drive.
In order to gain access to the site, a bungalow would have to be demolished to allow a road into the currently landlocked area.
But people living in the vicinity are fighting to stop the scheme and have been joined in their opposition by Yate Town Council.
The council said the land was a “well used piece of open space” that had been used along with an adjoining open play area for 35 years - since before existing houses were built - and it was “essential” to keep it.
It fears that if built, the new housing will lead to more traffic in Cambrian Drive, increase problems at a junction with Wellington Road and lead to householders already living in the area having to look out onto houses, drives and parking lots.
Councillors are also concerned about the impact on those living next to the bungalow that is earmarked for demolition as they will have traffic going between their homes.
They further raised the question of access to the land that will remain open, claiming the development would effectively cut off Cambrian Drive, Cheshire Close, Chichester Way and Mountbatten Close.
In its objection to South Gloucestershire Council, the town council said it was unacceptable not to have public access from the south to the open space.
It also pointed out that occupiers of the new homes would be very close to the play area and would find its use, especially by teenagers enjoying a kickabout, intrusive.
The council said: “We oppose the development strongly but if it is to happen, it needs to be designed to minimise this risk so we avoid occupiers of these houses complaining about legitimate use of the open space.”
 Woodstock has described the site it wants to develop as an “unmanaged” plot on the edge of the designated play area.
It wants to build 16 two, three and four-bedroom houses and two one-bed flats on the land, along with 38 parking spaces, with six of the homes designated as affordable.
Local residents who have opposed the scheme have criticised the loss of a well used piece of open space, an increase in traffic and safety risks and the scale of the development proposed.
They also said that when the Cambrian Green Court extra care development for the elderly was built more than four years ago, they were assured that no more open space in the locality would be built on.