Town leaders buy Yate open space

January 30 2018

LANDLOCKED open space in Yate is now in the ownership of the town council after a long campaign to stop it being developed for housing.

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LANDLOCKED open space in Yate is now in the ownership of the town council after a long campaign to stop it being developed for housing.

Two planning appeals against South Gloucestershire Council’s refusal to allow building on the site to the rear of Cambrian Drive were lost by Woodstock Homes, which wanted to put 18 homes on the plot.

A bungalow in Cambrian Drive would also have had to be demolished to create an access to the site.

 After the second planning inquiry, Yate Town Council, which had strongly opposed the housing proposals, decided to approach the landowner to try and buy the land and after “much negotiation” acquired it for £35,000. 

Civic leaders said the land, which adjoins public open space at Halifax Road, was now “in the safe hands” of the town council, which would protect and look after it for future generations to enjoy.   

There has already been a clean-up of the land by council staff, ahead of a work day with local residents to clear litter and carry out some planting to help improve the site. 

Yate councillor Chris Willmore said: “We are thrilled to have managed to save this open space permanently, after years of working with residents to fight successive planning applications.”  

A number of local residents had also opposed the housing scheme, which South Gloucestershire planners said would result in “significant and demonstrable harm” while failing to reach the highest possible standards of site planning and design.