Housing scheme for land next to Yate football club fails to get support of planners

June 27 2017

A SCALED down housing scheme for up to 90 homes on land in Engine Common has been rejected.

A SCALED down housing scheme for up to 90 homes on land in Engine Common has been rejected.

The outline scheme was for a mix of homes on land to the north of Yate Town Football Club, running from behind the Codrington Arms in North Road down to the boundary of the club.

A proportion of the site formed part of a much wider area put forward five years ago for more than 200 homes, light industry and new clubhouse and car park for the football club but permission was rejected by a planning inspector.

The recent scheme was submitted on behalf of Sydney Freed (Holdings) and Whitbread Plc and included an element of self-build houses, space for allotments, a wildlife walk and mini football pitches.

The applicants acknowledged the outcome of the previous proposal but said the inspector’s reasons for refusal had not precluded development on the site.

However, South Gloucestershire Council said although reduced, the plan would “still result in a significant increase in the scale of Engine Common by almost doubling the size of the village” and would have a harmful effect on the character of the area by creating a suburban style estate.

It also said the proposals had not addressed the previously identified concerns of the inspector and did not represent sustainable development.

* Planners have also refused to give permission for the building of 14 houses at Three Acres in North Road.

Iron Acton Parish Council had opposed the scheme on the grounds that the site was outside the development boundary and access into the plot was unsuitable to serve that number of houses.

The council said: “The development lies behind existing dwellings and is in effect back land development.”

South Gloucestershire Council, in rejecting the outline application, said the development was regarded as unsustainable.