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Battle-hardened residents’ group vows to fight planned shopping centre expansion

Posted on Thursday 29th March 2018 at 9:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of around 30 protesters, some holding placards, outside the Willow Brook Centre.

News that the Willow Brook Centre is proposing to build two free-standing food and drink units in the north-east corner of its site (as previously reported) has been swiftly condemned by members of a local residents’ group whose properties adjoin the northern boundary of the complex.

The Dewfalls and Wheatfield Drive Residents Association (DAWDRA) is a group that was originally formed in 2005 to influence the development of Bradley Stoke’s new town centre (now known as the Willow Brook Centre). With the help of local councillors, it successfully fought off initial proposals put forward by Tesco that would have seen the massive main building of the shopping centre stand within metres of the rear gardens of properties in Dewfalls Drive and Wheatfield Drive.

The latest proposals are also likely to rekindle arguments about how vehicles enter and leave the shopping centre. When the plans for the original development were submitted, the town council argued in favour of direct access from Bradley Stoke Way, but was overruled by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), with the result that those arriving along Bradley Stoke Way have to take a much more indirect route along minor roads to reach the car park.

Commenting on the latest plans put forward by the Willow Brook Centre, a DAWDRA spokesperson said:

“As local residents, we are becoming increasingly concerned about the traffic congestion in and around the Willow Brook Centre. The traffic is regularly backed up from Savages Wood Road in both directions to Bradley Stoke Way and Brook Way. Having further development of fast food drive-through units will encourage more motor traffic into this area, bringing with it further pollution and congestion which will have a detrimental environmental impact to the residents of Bradley Stoke.”

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