Towns in line for even more housing as search underway for development sites

November 29 2015

MORE housing could be allocated for Yate and Chipping Sodbury as council leaders are told that thousands of extra homes are still needed to meet demand.

MORE housing could be allocated for Yate and Chipping Sodbury as council leaders are told that thousands of extra homes are still needed to meet demand.

Coalpit Heath, Frampton Cotterell and Winterbourne could also have to provide land for development.

Two major planning consultations are currently under way involving identifying sites for housing, despite a number of areas in the district already accommodating new building.

One, to find space for 1,500 homes, covers South Gloucestershire only while the other is for the West of England – the former Avon area – where 85,000 homes are predicted to be needed by 2036. That’s 29,000 more than already planned by the four councils making up the area. South Gloucestershire Council said: “Following the outcome of a recent planning appeal and review of our housing supply, there is currently a shortfall of 1,500 dwellings which need to be built over the next five years.

“To ensure development remains plan-led, we now need to identify additional housing sites and consult further on these before submitting the final proposals to a planning inspector.”

Liberal Democrat councillor for Westerleigh, Claire Young, said the council had been warned that until it identified extra land for homes, developers were likely to get planning permission for land intended to be protected, including in the green belt.

The way housing could be provided is being considered, ranging from the expansion of towns such as Yate to adding small numbers to villages. Other improvements would also be needed, including to roads, transport and other services, in areas taking more development.

 Yate is one area already seeing large scale building, with thousands of houses planned for the northern part of the town.