Public to have their say on thousands more homes planned for Yate and Sodbury

November 01 2016

CONTROVERSIAL moves that could see thousands more homes being built in South Gloucestershire - including 2,600 in Yate and Chipping Sodbury - will come under scrutiny from the public from early November.

CONTROVERSIAL moves that could see thousands more homes being built in South Gloucestershire - including 2,600 in Yate and Chipping Sodbury - will come under scrutiny from the public from early November.
There are already fears that more than 9,000 houses for the district in the next 20 years could potentially change the character of certain areas. The plan was drawn up by councils in the former Avon county, including South Gloucestershire Council, and will go out for consultation from November 7 to December 19.
The extra homes come on top of thousands of others already causing concern among those who question concentrating many of them in just a few communities.
Claire Young, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Thornbury and Yate, said: "These plans will come as a huge shock to many local people.
“It's striking that the new homes we need are being concentrated in just a few communities to the north of Bristol. These places have already felt the pressure from large scale developments.”
Under the plan, green belt land in the are of Yate, Chipping Sodbury and Coalpit Heath is set for release and a package of road and public transport schemes included, among them a link to a new junction on the M4 from the A4174 ring road, a new road north from that junction to Yate and a MetroBus extension to Yate from Bristol along the A432.
But Mrs Young said: “The transport proposals would not be sufficient to mitigate the extra pressure placed on local infrastructure by the new development.
“For example, the new road linking the motorway to Yate appears to funnel traffic into an existing pinch-point where the Badminton Road/Station Road corridor meets Stover Road.”