Plan for new homes in Frampton Cotterell under fire from council

September 29 2020
Plan for new homes in Frampton Cotterell under fire from council

PLANS to build new homes on the site of a Frampton Cotterell business are being opposed by the parish council.

The scheme would see the site of Ben's Tiles and Reclamation on Bristol Road developed into housing and self-storage facilities.

Frampton Cotterell parish council has objected to the application by Prestige Developments (Bristol) Ltd, which includes 13 new homes, on the grounds that it is "overdevelopment" of a site outside the village's "settlement boundary".

There is currently a residential bungalow on the site, which will stay if the proposal gets the go-ahead, but all the other 16 buildings and structures would be demolished. Currently they include the reclamation yard office, a vehicle repair garage, car wash, dog grooming firm, and large areas of open storage.

The new homes would be at the front of the site, with the self-storage business at the rear.

In a document making the case for the site, planning consultants Stokes Morgan say it is part of the village.

They say: “Whilst the site settlement boundary to Frampton Cotterell has been drawn tightly and excludes all dwellings and businesses on the north-west side of Bristol Road, the site is identifiably part of the village.

"Its location within the village and buttressing by other residential uses makes the site suitable for housing.”

The consultants say the site is a "sustainable location" with "excellent access to transport links and local facilities", with only a short walk to bus stops and services to Yate and Bristol.

They say a requirement for 10% of homes to be affordable would "require the provision of 1.3 affordable units, which could be delivered as a mixture of on-site and off-site contributions" - that is, some of it in the form of payment towards affordable housing elsewhere.

In a statement objecting to the scheme, Frampton Cotterell Parish Council said: “The site lies outside the defined settlement boundary of Frampton Cotterell and does not meet any of the four types of residential development permitted in the open countryside.”

Councillors also said that South Gloucestershire Council’s Core Strategy document required 35% of the homes to be affordable, not 10%, and said the new homes needed to be carbon neutral and come with electric vehicle charging points.

Three neighbours who have commented on the plans all raised concerns over traffic on the B4058 Bristol Road.

Susan Gilmore said: “In theory I’m in favour but won’t it create more traffic on the already busy and dangerous Bristol Road?”

Sam Jones said: “I do not agree to these houses being built due to the amount of traffic that is already present in Frampton Cotterell, Coalpit Heath and Winterbourne. I would not be objecting if these were affordable homes.”

Neighbour Peter Semenenko said the developer had produced "good quality housing" at nearby Sunbeam Paddock and Field House and added: “The development of brownfield land is laudable and produces much-needed housing."

But he said: "The increase in traffic causes its own problems and needs to be addressed."

Mr Semenenko suggested that the developer could contribute towards measures to improve the area including traffic islands, traffic calming measures and cycle paths.

The planning proposal documents state that there will be benefits from the development of the site, including ‘an improved visual appearance’, ‘the economic benefits of construction jobs in the short-term’, the ‘provision of flexible storage space suitable for start-up and local expanding businesses’, and the ‘social benefits of additional housing within the village for local people with connections to the area’.

The Voice has asked Ben Francis, the owner of Ben’s Tiles and Reclamations, for a comment on the plans.

You can view or comment on the plans on South Gloucestershire Council's website by searching for application P20/09143/O.