Up to 370 new houses planned for greenfield site in Thornbury in latest development bid

May 30 2017

PLANS for another housing estate in Thornbury have been submitted, with Bovis Homes seeking permission to build up to 370 houses off Gloucester Road on the north side of the town.

PLANS for another housing estate in Thornbury have been submitted, with Bovis Homes seeking permission to build up to 370 houses off Gloucester Road on the north side of the town.

The outline application, drawn up with members of the Fear family, is for the development of nearly 60 acres (24 hectares) of land stretching from Upper Morton to Crossways Lane at The Knapp.

If approved, it would take development further out into the countryside towards Whitfield alongside the B4061.

In documents sent to South Gloucestershire Council planners, the site is described as primarily agricultural land split into a series of medium sized fields with hedgerow boundaries and crossed by public footpaths.

The proposal is to develop it with the houses, a community building, allotments, play areas and a country park.

Agricultural buildings would be knocked down and two primary access roads created off Gloucester Road.

The homes would be a range of types, sizes and tenures, to include up to 35 per cent affordable housing.

A “comprehensive transport strategy” has been pledged, along with “on-site mitigation proposals that address potential heritage, drainage, transport and environmental concerns”.

The developers said if planning consent was given, they would expect to start building in the autumn of 2018, with completion assumed in 2025.

An environmental statement submitted by the applicants said: “The north and north-eastern edges of Thornbury are recognised as sustainable and suitable locations for housing growth.”

It estimated the scheme would provide homes for some 900 people and acknowledged the change in use from agricultural and grazing land to residential would have “unavoidable significant effects on the landscape character of the site”.

But it said it would “not significantly alter the character of the wider surrounding landscape, due to the discrete geographical area over which effects will be experienced”.

The statement claimed the development was within walking and cycling distance of “a good number of existing services and amenities”.

It said: “Facilities within a 30 minute walking time include bus stops, primary and secondary schools, convenience store, hospital, pubs and doctors surgery.”

It also said accident records did not suggest any “inherent highway safety problem” in the vicinity of the site and claimed the proposed increase in traffic within the study area would generally be low to moderate.