1,290 home community approved on Bristol outskirts

Plans for a new community of 1,290 homes to the north of Bristol have been approved by South Gloucestershire Council.

The council’s development control (west) committee voted yesterday in favour of the outline scheme by developer Crest Nicholson.

In addition to the homes, the scheme would provide an extra care facility, community facilities and a mixed-use local centre on 65 hectares of land east of the hamlet of Harry Stoke.

The officer's report recommending approval said: "The proposal is a strategic allocation which contributes significantly towards the council’s supply of housing and specifically over the next five years.

"The site is located in a highly sustainable location close to public transport and national rail network in addition to the strategic road network."

The council said that the site makes up the majority of a land allocation adopted as part of its 2013 core strategy, when the land was deallocated from the green belt.

The council has accepted the developer’s proposal to build 22.6 per cent of the homes as affordable, compared to the 35 per cent required by local policy, on viability grounds.

However, it has instituted a mid-term viability review mechanism to recycle any uplift in land value into providing more affordable homes in later phases.

The scheme was approved after two councillors referred it for scrutiny to allay concerns of local residents relating to rights of way, open space provision, tree preservation, heritage assets, community infrastructure and transport.

The officers report said that "when balanced against the merits of the development, the landscape concerns are considered to carry clearly less weight than the need to deliver this strategic housing allocation which is considered by officers to be acceptable in all other respects".

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