Further talks on ‘village’ plans

June 25 2019

PROPOSALS for 398 new homes in Lyde Green are still awaiting a decision.

Further talks on ‘village’ plans
Further discussions are taking place on Edward Ware Homes’  plans to build the houses next to the M4, Henfield Road and a section of the Mangotsfield to Yate cycle path.
The development would include 159 three-bedroom houses, one-bedroom flats, two-bedroom flats and houses, and houses with four or five bedrooms. Within the plans, the developers say the only neighbours who would be affected are people with homes at Lyde Green Farm, which has already been converted for housing, stating: “The residents of Lyde Green Farm have been engaged through the process to ensure that their concerns and views are taken into consideration in the final design.”
Some residents have expressed concerns about the houses adding further strain on the road network, the fact that community facilities may not be able to meet added demand and that too much green space will be taken away by the plans.
The determination deadline for the application (reference P19/1275/F) was June 3. However, the developer has told The Voice that there is still work to be done before the proposal goes before South Gloucestershire Council planners for a  decision.
Simon Jenkins, land director for Edward Ware Homes said: “It is very rare that a decision is issued by the statutory determination date, especially in respect of larger applications.
“What normally happens, and is happening in this case, is the applicant and the council informally extend the period in order to deal with matters arising from the consultation responses, in some cases this requires further technical input from consultants, redrawing aspects of the scheme. and these modifications are then considered further by the council and other statutory consultees.
 “We are presently in this period of ‘adjustment and refinement’ and when both parties are satisfied with the modifications these will be added to the planning portal.”
 He also added: “With regard to the local representations from existing residents in Lyde Green, these were largely making points about the failure of the consortium to meet their ‘obligations’ in respect of the continuation of the noise barrier, provision of services (such as a Doctors Surgery), which clearly we are not in a position to address.
“The Pucklechurch Parish Council, whose Parish our part of Lyde Green falls under, made a number of comments with regard to our application which replicated some of the individual responses.
“As a result we held a presentation with them in May, which was open to the public to attend.”
 A spokesman for South Gloucestershire Council also confirmed that the application will take longer to decide than the statutory determination deadline, due to the scale of the application, and that it may also need to go to committee before a decision is made.
To find out more about the plans, visit South Gloucestershire Council’s planning website: https://developments.southglos.gov.uk/online-applications/