Residents of South Gloucestershire are being urged to have their say on the future development of the district following proposals from the South West Regional Assembly (SWRA) which could result in the building of nearly 31,000 new homes by 2026.
While some of this development will be met from existing major new planned development areas at Northfield (Filton), Emersons Green East, Harry Stoke and Wallscourt Farm (Abbey Wood), nearly half of the growth required is expected to be provided from four new major new greenfield development locations, most of which would see land developed which is presently safeguarded as Green Belt.
South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), which has not accepted the levels of growth and development locations proposed by the government through the SWRA, has produced a “Core Strategy” document setting out a long-term vision for South Gloucestershire until 2026. The document suggests where new housing and jobs might go; it also identifies land that the Council believes should be protected.
Details of the Core Strategy and the public consultation (which closes on 13th June 2008) can be found on the SGC website. Paper copies of the main “Issues and Options” document may be viewed at all South Gloucestershire libraries.
SGC is holding a public event on Tuesday 13th May 2008 (2pm to 7:30pm) at Brook Way Activity Centre in Bradley Stoke, when residents will have the chance to find out more about the proposals and talk to a member of the Council’s planning team.
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