MP: We do not need a 35% expansion of Chipping Sodbury 

February 01 2022
MP: We do not need a 35% expansion of Chipping Sodbury 

Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall writes for the Voice

A DEVELOPER is proposing to build 725 new houses on the land to the immediate east of St John’s Way in Chipping Sodbury, increasing the number of homes in the town by 35% in one application. Referred to as the “Kings Park Garden Neighbourhood”, the proposal would double the number of houses currently along St Johns Way. 

These plans are completely inappropriate, and I am calling on South Gloucestershire Council to reject them in full.

Firstly, these plans do not deliver the right level of infrastructure and community facilities that we would need. Pressure would be increased on local schools and health services and on our local roads, such as St John’s Way, Wickwar Road and Cotswold Road, which already experience a high volume of traffic, increasing congestion, present serious questions regarding road safety and increasing pollution levels.

Secondly, the environmental impact of a development of this scale in the area would be detrimental and costly to the local ecosystem, particularly when considering the impact on natural habitats for wildlife and the infringement of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which surrounds the proposed site.

The application has not fully considered the full environmental consequences for the area, or the potential safety and insurance consequences of the impact of the river Frome. There are particular concerns about the development being situated in close proximity to the Frome river, specifically regarding land north of the proposed site. This is situated in a Flood Zone 3, which means there is a possibility of flooding.

Building 725 new homes could also change the identity of Chipping Sodbury and alter the unique character and identity of our small market town. Such a disproportionately large-scale development might also set a precedent for further housing in the future.

A 35% increase in the number of houses in Chipping Sodbury is inappropriate and unsustainable, and our town does not have the infrastructure to support such a large expansion.

I will be working with local councillors, our Mayor James Ball and local residents to fight these proposals every step of the way. 

I am hugely grateful to all the residents who have supported this campaign by signing my petition against the developer’s proposals. It’s not too late for the Yate and Sodbury Voice readers to add their names to the petition on my website:

We live in one of the most beautiful communities anywhere in the country. As a local man and the local MP, I will continue to fight to ensure it stays that way whilst protecting our local identity and heritage.