Petition against new village near Frampton Cotterell

December 22 2018

Petition against new village near Frampton Cotterell

Plans for a 2,000-home garden village in the green belt on the site of Woodlands Golf and Country Club would set a dangerous precedent, opponents have warned.
Ward councillors John Ashe and Roger Avenin have launched a petition against the proposals for the site on Trench Lane, which were put forward by South West Strategic Developments (SWSD).
The signatures will be submitted to South Gloucestershire Council, which has also opposed the site’s inclusion in the West of England joint spatial plan – the regional strategy for the next 20 years.
The councillors oppose the site being built out with 2,000 homes, a primary school and a local centre, although more recent proposals are to build 500 homes and retain one of the 18-hole golf courses.
Councillor Roger Avenin said: “There are so many reasons why this so-called garden village should be turned down, not just because it goes against the West of England and South Gloucestershire Council’s plan-led approach.
“The developers have made no effort to build new roads or improve the existing network, which means it will just clog up Bradley Stoke, causing traffic chaos which is just not acceptable.”
The golf club site was first put forward in 2015.  It was described as being “in an extremely sustainable location adjacent to key infrastructure and, crucially, within walking and cycling distance of thousands of jobs.”
But Cllr Ashe said: “We want residents to back our petition so the council knows the strength of our feelings on this controversial development.
“The more people that sign, the more support the council has to oppose it.”
The joint spatial plan is currently under consideration by the Secretary of State for approval.
In drafting its own new Local Plan, South Gloucestershire Council issued a “call for sites” to appeal for landowners, developers and planning consultants to suggest land that could potentially be developed.
SWSD was among those to answer.  On its behalf, Grass Roots Planning Ltd said Woodlands Golf and Country Club could instead be developed with 500 homes, with one golf course retained and a convenience store potentially provided.
It said the larger development is still on the table and is a better option than major developments proposed at Buckover and Charfield – but the council may see the smaller scheme as more suitable.
A spokesperson for SWSD said: “SWSD are promoting the Woodlands Golf Club site as a future opportunity to deliver a highly accessible and sustainable development, close to thousands of jobs, everyday facilities and Bristol city centre.”
The spokesperson said development could include a significant level of affordable homes, schools, a new local centre and infrastructure improvements.
The spokesperson added: “Conversely, the sites currently proposed to the north of Bristol will generate much more traffic coming into Bradley Stoke, Aztec West and Bristol and will therefore have a severe impact on existing traffic and key junctions.”
The petition can be viewed at http://petitions.southglos.gov.uk/petitions.ti/saynotowoodlandsgardenvillage.