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Work set to start soon on Brook Way car park

Posted on Sunday 6th October 2019 at 8:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Image showing outline location of new parking bays on the hard court area (indicative only).

Work to create 20 new parking spaces at Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Brook Way Activity Centre site could finally get under way in October, more than six years after redevelopment proposals were first put forward.

The future of the dilapidated hard court area at the centre has been the subject of much controversy, not least when, in September 2013, the then mayor Cllr Brian Hopkinson proposed the construction of two new buildings on the site, one for a charity and the other for youth provision.

A subsequent public consultation showed that 59 percent of respondents wanted to see additional parking facilities provided at the site, with just 20 percent supporting the need for a “new building” of some form.

A working group formed to consider the results of the consultation failed to produce any formal reports over a period of more than two years and, in the words of Cllr Elaine Hardwick, was deemed to have “died a death” by July 2016.

In that month, the town council agreed to use earmarked reserves to extend the car park at the Brook Way site, remove the hard court and create a grassed ‘village green’.

A planning application for the proposed scheme was subsequently submitted, in April 2017, to South Gloucestershire Council (SGC). However, it was later withdrawn after SGC officers had expressed concerns about the loss of trees and the potential for excavation works to damage the roots of some retained trees.

A planning application for a revised scheme was submitted in January 2018 and consent was granted in May 2018.

In the approved scheme, 20 additional parking bays will be created within the footprint of the hard court. In contrast to the previous scheme, no deep excavations of the hard court surface will be carried out. Consequently, there will be a “graduated incline” between the existing car park area and the new parking bays.

More: Contractor’s quote of £37,650 accepted »

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New plans submitted for car park extension at Brook Way Activity Centre site

Posted on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 10:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Indicative plan of proposed changes at Brook Way Activity Centre.

Ambitions to provide additional parking spaces at the combined doctors’ surgery and community centre site at Brook Way have taken a step forward with the submission of a revised planning application for the redevelopment of the dilapidated hard court area.

The move comes four months after Bradley Stoke Town Council withdrew its previous planning application because officers at South Gloucestershire Council had indicated they were minded to refuse consent due to concerns over the “unnecessary” removal of ten trees and the potential for root damage to a number of others.

The revised scheme proposes the provision of an additional 20 parking bays within part of the area currently occupied by the hard court. The remainder of the court area will have its hard surface removed and be converted to green open space.

In contrast to the previous plans, the new parking bays will use the existing hard surface “as is”, i.e. no deep excavation will be carried out to bring the finished level of the bays down to the level of the existing car park. Consequently, the finished scheme will have a “graduated incline” between the two areas.

Significantly, no new parking bays will be created on the doctors’ surgery side of the car park. Previously, eight of the twenty new spaces were to be created on this side, with the surgery agreeing to contribute £4,000 to the cost.

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Setback for car park extension at Brook Way

Posted on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at 9:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Hard court area with overlay saying@ "Additional car parking and green space here?"

Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) has suffered a setback in its ambitions to redevelop the dilapidated hard court area in the grounds of Brook Way Activity Centre after officers at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) indicated they were minded to refuse planning consent for a proposed scheme that would see the area converted to additional car parking spaces and green open space.

The news comes exactly four years after the then mayor Cllr Brian Hopkinson proposed the construction of two new buildings on the site, one for a charity and the other for youth provision.

A subsequent public consultation on the future of the area showed that 59 percent of respondents wanted to see additional parking facilities provided at the combined community centre and doctors’ surgery site, with just 20 percent supporting the need for a “new building” of some form.

After a working group set up to consider the results of the consultation failed to produce any formal reports or recommendations over a period of more than two years, the matter came back to Full Council in July 2016, where it was unanimously decided to use earmarked reserves of up to £50,000 to convert the hard court area to green open space and extend the car park.

A planning application was subsequently submitted to SGC (in April 2017), for a scheme that would create 20 additional parking spaces at the site, with 12 of these being created by expanding the existing car park into the area currently occupied by the hard courts and the other eight being created on the doctors’ surgery side of the access road. The remainder of the hard court area would be converted to green open space, with a new footpath being created to link this to the access road.

Plans showed that ten existing trees on the site would need to be “relocated” as part of the work.

Signs that all might not be well with the application emerged in June, when councillors were told that SGC’s tree officer had expressed “concerns about the loss of some trees”.

More: Town council decides to withdraw planning application »

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Town council reveals plan for changes at Brook Way Activity Centre site

Posted on Thursday 2nd March 2017 at 10:11 pm by SH (Editor)

Proposed changes at Brook Way Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke.

Following a decision reached at Full Council in July, Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) has revealed a work specification and draft plan for the removal of the dilapidated hard court area at its Brook Way Activity Centre site, allowing the creation of a new grassed “village green” area and twelve additional car parking spaces.

The plan includes an option for a further eight additional car parking spaces to be created on the doctors’ surgery side of the site, subject to the surgery partners agreeing to make an acceptable financial contribution towards the extra costs that this would involve.

The work specification was drawn up by BSTC premises manager John Rendell and Cllr Andy Ward, who say their aim has been to ensure the project is “cost effective/affordable, beneficial to the community, the activity centre, Bradley Stoke Surgery and the grounds”.

The council has allocated a budget of £50,000 for the project. Formal quotes from contractors have yet to be obtained. Creating the optional eight additional car parking spaces on the doctors’ surgery side of the site would add around £10,000 (given as a “ball park” figure) to the overall cost.

Up to ten trees will need to be “relocated” as part of the project.

Publication of the plan comes almost three years after the council conducted a public consultation on the future of the site. A working group set up to consider the results of the consultation failed to produce any formal reports and, having held no meetings for almost two years, was condemned as having “died a death” by current mayor Elaine Hardwick when she brought the matter back to council last July.

At that meeting, councillors unanimously agreed to “extend the current car park towards the existing grass area, use the hard courts as open green space and ask the GP surgery if they are willing to contribute financially towards an increase in the GP surgery car park”.

More: Doctors’ surgery offers 30 percent of costs for their new spaces »

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