Action group calls for residents to make their views known

December 19 2017

LOCAL residents have been urged to meet a deadline for comments on proposed development in Thornbury and surrounding areas that could see thousands more homes being built.

LOCAL residents have been urged to meet a deadline for comments on proposed development in Thornbury and surrounding areas that could see thousands more homes being built.

A consultation process is running until January 10 on the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) that will define the planned growth of the West of England region over the next 20 years.

Thornbury Residents Against Poorly Planned Development  (TRAPP’D), along with a number of other local action groups, said a number of flaws in the JSP had been identified in relation to South Gloucestershire.

It said: “Our arguments concern the flawed strategy of creating ‘satellite’ development away from where people will work, even though alternative sites were proposed around the M5 fringe that would largely avoid this problem.

“The JSP in its current form will, therefore, create unnecessary private car journeys.”

It also said there were specific problems with the proposed 3,000-home Buckover Garden Village location on Tortworth Estate land, “including the fact that it all but joins with other developments planned for Thornbury and the unresolved issue that the busy A38 - the designated relief road for the M5 - runs right through the middle of it”.

TRAPP’D also claimed there was no approved, funded plan to build the necessary transport links and infrastructure to support the proposed developments.

Comments on the JSP can be made via the West of England Combined Authority website.