‘There’ll be no green left in Lyde’

February 26 2020

The new homes will be built on land around the Grade II listed White House farmhouse

The new homes will be built on land around the Grade II listed White House farmhouse

REVISED plans to demolish old farm buildings in Lyde Green and build 89 new homes have been unveiled.
Builders Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes want to develop land at White House Farm on Howsmoor Lane.
Objections have already been received, with one objector saying the scheme would “pile more pressure on failing resources” in the area.
The land is opposite Lyde Green Common and the buildings that will be demolished around the Grade II listed White House farmhouse include the old milking parlour, workshop, kennels, outbuildings and a bungalow.
The proposed properties include a mixture of one- and two-bed flats and two-, three- and four-bed houses.
Plans were first submitted to South Gloucestershire Council in September 2018. They were not part of the original master plan for the development, and have now been revised.
They include the creation of car parking, garages, bin and cycle stores, landscaping, internal access roads and infrastructure and engineering works needed for the new homes.
Several objections to the scheme from members of the public have been published on South Gloucestershire Council’s website.
Mark Humphrey said: “There are already insufficient amenities in Lyde Green and this will simply pile more pressure on the failing resources.
“I see no reason why this proposal should be considered at all until the issues that Lyde Green already faces are addressed. There is no GP surgery, no secondary school, no allotments, very limited green space (and even that is likely to be built on) and no desire to fulfil any of the promises already made for the Lyde Green area.”
Neighbour Marina Romero said the plans would be “absolute murder to the many wild animals that live on this space”, including foxes and deer.
She added: “We were sold on the place called Lyde Green, on the basis that there was some green, some farmland. This place wasn’t part of the main overall plan we were shown of the area, neither were many others that already have succumbed to the expansionist plan, where no green will be left in Lyde.
“This is absolutely outrageous, and future generations will cry out loud at the fact that this was allowed.”
Neighbour Gemma Williams said: “My main concern is the lack of infrastructure in this area. Where are the new homeowners’ children going to go to school? Which doctors will these families sign up to? Because Emersons Green surgery is already cracking under the pressure of this estate.”
Emerson Green Town Council’s planning committee has also lodged an objection to the scheme on the grounds that the area is not included in the master plan, open space would be lost and there is a lack of current amenities and infrastructure for existing residents.
South Gloucestershire Council is due to make a decision on the plans by April 12.
To view or make a comment on the plans, visit the planning section of the council’s website and search for planning reference PK18/3977/F.