Buckover plan is defeated but we must stand ready to fight again

October 01 2019
Buckover plan is defeated but we must stand ready to fight again

Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall writes for the Thornbury Voice

FOR the last four years, we have been fighting the proposals to build a 3,000-house Buckover ‘garden village’, just metres from Thornbury.

Together, we have waged a fierce campaign to protect our exceptionally beautiful town. We know that building thousands of houses on the edge of Thornbury, without the transport infrastructure, community services and medical facilities to support them, is completely unsustainable.

As the local MP I have fought these proposals every step of the way. I took the fight to Government ministers and held debates in the House of Commons, and raised the community’s concerns at the highest levels in Government, helping to ensure Ministers did not back the Buckover element of the proposals. I worked with residents and campaigners, including key groups such as TRAPP'D, in their battles with South Gloucestershire Council, presented robust technical submissions at every consultation opportunity and conducted a local development survey demonstrating our wholesale opposition to the proposals.

I wanted to update you that I have received the Government inspector’s official response to the proposals. It echoes the 2017 speech I made in the House of Commons against the plan – that it is fundamentally flawed – and they have recommended that the plans are completely withdrawn. This is a huge success for Thornbury!

Together, we have defeated these plans, for now – and the council will have to go back to the drawing board and start again. But the plans to build a ‘garden village’ next door to us could still, and may very well, be brought back in the months and years ahead.

Every day that I serve as your Member of Parliament, I will work to ensure Thornbury has real influence, and I will always fight to protect our town. As ever, if you would like me to keep you updated on the campaign, or if there is anything else I can help with as your local MP, please do not hesitate to get in touch at luke.hall.mp@parliament.uk.