Falfield to get 85 new homes after major campaign against development fails

January 26 2018

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build up to 85 homes in Falfield have been approved, despite opposition from parish leaders and residents.

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build up to 85 homes in Falfield have been approved, despite opposition from parish leaders and residents.

The decision by South Gloucestershire Council means a planning inquiry for a bigger scheme for up to 115 homes on the same site has now been withdrawn by the developers.

The outline plan by Cotswold Homes for land at Heneage Farm, Moorslade Lane, also still includes a park-and-share facility for up to 100 cars.

Local people had fought the scheme on the same grounds as the earlier and larger proposal.

They said the reduction by just 30 houses made little difference and the reasons behind the refusal of the first application were still valid.

One of the reasons planners had rejected that scheme was because it was unsustainable due to Falfield’s location and the distance to schools, health services and employment, putting a high reliance on private cars.

Opponents said that had not changed and the scale of development was still too great for the size of the community. They also said it would add to congestion problems at the M5 junction in the village.

The parish council said the increase in houses was disproportionate and would have an adverse impact on Falfield’s character.

It said: “This is not a sustainable location nor driven by local needs.”