Developers make new attempt to build hundreds of homes at Cleve Park site

September 29 2017

AN appeal has been lodged by developers to build up to 350 homes at Cleve Park in Thornbury after the scheme was previously rejected by South Gloucestershire planners.

AN appeal has been lodged by developers to build up to 350 homes at Cleve Park in Thornbury after the scheme was previously rejected by South Gloucestershire planners.

The action taken by Welbeck Strategic Land had been anticipated by those who had campaigned against the proposal.

Although they celebrated at the time of the refusal earlier this year, they cautioned against the battle being over.

They are now waiting to find out if a public inquiry will be held - which the developers want - or whether it will be dealt with in another form.

The scheme includes 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 rejected on the grounds of the harm it would do to the town.

It is one of a string of house building schemes 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 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 130 recently approved at the junction of Butt Lane and Gloucester Road.

Hundreds more are proposed along Gloucester Road from Upper Morton across fields to Crossways Lane at The Knapp, while a 3,000-home garden village has been proposed for Buckover.

There have been calls to put a halt to building to let services and infrastructure catch up with the expansion in housing - and to protect the countryside.