Celebrations after Cleve Park homes plan rejection tempered by possible appeal

March 28 2017
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OPPONENTS of plans for up to 350 homes at Cleve Park in Thornbury have welcomed its rejection by councillors - but are prepared for any appeal against the decision.

OPPONENTS of plans for up to 350 homes at Cleve Park in Thornbury have welcomed its rejection by councillors - but are prepared for any appeal against the decision.

The scheme included a care home for the elderly and 14 self-build plots on the site at the junction of Morton Way and Grovesend Road.

It was the latest in a string of house building proposals for the town, with a number of homes already occupied, others being built and more waiting to be determined.

The big increase in the level of house building is a major concern within the town due to the rise in population and the effect it has on such things as local services and roads.

Three sites under construction at Park Farm, Thornbury Fields and Post Farm will account for more than 900 homes, with a further 180 applied for at the junction of Butt Lane and Gloucester Road, on top of the Cleve Park scheme.

Other sites have also been offered for development, while a 3,000-home garden village has been proposed for Buckover.

There have been demands for a halt to building to let services and infrastructure catch up with the expansion in housing.

Residents’ group TRAPPD - Thornbury Residents Against Poorly Planned Development - said the Cleve Park application was rejected on the grounds of the harm it would do to the town.

Colin Gardner, of TRAPPD, said: “We believe that it is unsustainable to carry on adding more and more greenfield development to the north and east of Thornbury. 

“At some point you have to draw the line and we believe we’ve already reached that point.”

Thornbury councillor Maggie Tyrrell said of the Cleve Park rejection: “I would be surprised if there wasn’t an appeal but we can maintain a strong case for it to be turned down.

“We have so many houses yet to be built, we don’t need these houses in Thornbury now.”