New site submitted for garden village puzzles landowners

March 28 2017

ANOTHER site for a garden village near Thornbury has been put forward, despite the landowners saying they had never been approached about it.

ANOTHER site for a garden village near Thornbury has been put forward, despite the landowners saying they had never been approached about it.

There is already a proposal by the Tortworth Estate for such a development of up to 3,000 homes on land it owns at Buckover. The estate’s scheme includes employment, health and education facilities, retail provision, community facilities and open spaces.

Now a submission has emerged from Jarvis Jefferies Architects for a Tortworth garden village, with potential for 3,200 homes. 

But the estate has distanced itself from the suggestion, which it said concerned land that it owned and contained historic features, was not in Jarvis Jefferies’ control and about which it had never spoken with the firm.

Spokesman Robert Moreton said: “We await full publication of the Jarvis Jefferies submission but I am puzzled as to why anyone would promote a scheme on land they do not own, especially without speaking to the land owner.”

The Government is currently supporting 14 new garden villages around the country but that does not include the Buckover project.

However, the Homes and Communities Agency encouraged pursuing the idea as it recognised “the potential” of the proposal and said it hoped to open another round of garden village funding in 2017-18.

Meanwhile, the area’s MP Luke Hall said 92 per cent of Thornbury and Alveston residents who responded to a survey he ran came out against the Buckover garden village.

He said: “I will be doing everything within my powers to make sure we are heard.”

The MP also said the Conservatives’ candidate in the forthcoming West of England mayoral elections, Tim Bowles, had supported a review of the scheme.