Developers submit smaller scheme for village as other plans head for inquiry

October 27 2017

A NEW outline application has been submitted to build homes and a park-and-share facility in Falfield - despite a public inquiry recently being announced into a first scheme.

A NEW outline application has been submitted to build homes and a park-and-share facility in Falfield - despite a public inquiry recently being announced into a first scheme.

The inquiry centres on a proposal by Cotswold Homes to build up to 115 homes on land at Heneage Farm, Moorslade Lane.

South Gloucestershire Council had rejected the plan as there were concerns at the scale of development, which would more than double the number of homes in the village, and the effect it would have on roads, especially the M5 junction in Falfield.

That hearing is set to take place in early 2018 but a new application has now been put in by Barton Willmore on behalf of Cotswold Homes for up to 85 homes.

A park-and-share for up to 100 cars is still included but application documents said it would be initially designed to meet current identified need of around 25 spaces, with land safeguarded for future demand.

Open space, an orchard and allotments, village green, multi-use games area, an informal turf kickabout area and a new community hub also form part of the proposal.

Barton Willmore said the community hub could be used by local scouts and rented to other users, as well as offering room for meetings and desks where local residents could work in order to minimise their travelling.

It said: “As a local developer, Cotswold Homes has considered how it might further respond to feedback from the original application process in order to overcome some of the concerns and objections raised previously.

“Residents raised concerns about the scale of the development, its impact on the road network and the nature of the park-and-share among others.”

It said the reduction in scale of house building was 25 per cent and included affordable housing.

The firm said it was proposing to substitute the bigger scheme with the revised plan, giving South Gloucestershire planners the chance to determine it at local level instead of through the appeal process.