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Might golf course homes scheme now resurface?

Posted on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 7:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the entrance to Woodlands Golf & Country Club, from Trench Lane.

A development company’s promotion of Woodlands Golf Course as a potential site for up to 2,000 new homes could be given renewed impetus following the news that a strategic housing plan has effectively been thrown out by government inspectors.

South West Strategic Developments Ltd (SWSD) put forward the Trench Lane site as a candidate for large-scale housing development when the first draft of the West of England’s Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) was being formulated in 2015. It failed to make the final version of the document, but SWSD contested the rationale behind that decision and continued to push for the site to be included after the JSP entered its ‘examination in public’ stage.

SWSD also submitted a second proposal, for a smaller development of 500 homes at Woodlands. This alternative plan would see one of the two golf courses retained. However, it was emphasised that this was being put forward “without prejudice” to its efforts to have the larger scheme included.

Local Conservative councillors John Ashe and Roger Avenin have voiced strong opposition to the Woodlands proposals, claiming that the development, if allowed to go ahead, would cause considerable problems for residents and businesses in Bradley Stoke. They also promoted a petition against the proposals in the run up to the local elections in May.

With the JSP inspectors now questioning the rationale used by the four West of England councils in selecting the final list of strategic development locations for inclusion in the plan, it looks likely that previously rejected sites will have to be re-evaluated.

More: Comment from SWSD on JSP inspector’s findings »

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West of England councils told to start again on strategic housing plan

Posted on Monday 14th October 2019 at 9:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Brian Allinson holding JSP consultation documents.

A masterplan that defines the strategy for delivering 105,000 new homes across the West of England by 2036 lies in tatters after government inspectors recommended that it should be rewritten from the ground up.

The Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) was worked on by the councils of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire over a period of more than three years, prior to being submitted to the government in April 2018.

Its purpose is to provide a strategic, overarching vision and framework to help deliver the number of new homes, land for employment purposes and the supporting infrastructure that it is anticipated will be needed over the next 20 years.

One of the main purposes of the JSP is to identify so-called strategic development locations (SDLs) which have the potential to deliver large scale development (500+ dwellings) over the plan period.

A large number of SDLs were identified in an ‘issues and options’ consultation that was put out to the public in November 2015. These were finally whittled down to a list of twelve sites by the time the JSP was submitted for examination by government inspectors last year.

The chosen SDLs in South Gloucestershire are the proposed Buckover Garden Village (Tortworth) along with sites in Charfield, Coalpit Heath, Thornbury and Yate.

A proposed development of 2,000 new homes on the site of Woodlands Golf Course, near Bradley Stoke, didn’t make it into the final list.

But the two government-appointed inspectors who have been examining the JSP for “soundness” over the past 16 months have now dropped a bombshell by stating that they have “significant concerns” over the way the twelve SDLs were selected.

More: Councils urged to return to the drawing board »

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New petition launched against proposals for 2,000 homes at Woodlands Golf Course

Posted on Wednesday 30th January 2019 at 6:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Bradley Stoke South ward councillors Roger Avenin (left) and John Ashe standing in front of a sign at the entrance to Woodlands Golf & Country Club.

Two local councillors have launched a second petition against a developer’s plan to build 2,000 new homes on the site of a golf course on the borders of Bradley Stoke.

The proposals for the development of Woodlands Golf Course are not supported by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) as they fail to fit in with the strategic vision for the region outlined in the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which is currently being analysed by two independent inspectors appointed by the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government.

One of the purposes of the JSP is to identify so-called strategic development locations (SDLs) which have the potential to deliver a significant contribution to the number of new homes assessed to be required across the region in the period up to 2036.

South West Strategic Developments Ltd (SWSD), which is promoting the site, is continuing to push for its inclusion in the JSP, arguing that it is a better option than others currently within the draft plan, such as Buckover Garden Village and Charfield.

The developer’s proposals, which first emerged in 2015 and have been promoted under the name ‘Woodlands Garden Village’, include “policy compliant” levels of affordable homes, a new primary school, a retirement care facility and new sports facilities that would be available to local clubs.

More recently, in response to an appeal put out by SGC in relation to work it is doing to prepare a list of potential sites for smaller ‘non-strategic’ housing development, SWSD has submitted a second proposal, for a smaller development of 500 homes at Woodlands. This would see one of the two golf courses retained. However, SWSD emphasises that this has been put forward “without prejudice” to its efforts to have the larger scheme included in the JSP.

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Delay may benefit golf course homes scheme

Posted on Friday 19th October 2018 at 8:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the entrance to Woodlands Golf & Country Club, from Trench Lane.

The ‘examination in public’ of a crucial strategic planning document which designates acceptable sites for major housing developments in the West of England over the next 18 years has been delayed by several months after independent inspectors appointed by the government requested additional information from the area’s four councils.

The delay could give the promoter of a scheme to build 2,000 homes at Woodlands Golf Course, near Bradley Stoke, a second chance to get the site included in the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) as a so-called strategic development location (SDL), having failed to convince the local councils to designate it as such in the initial version of the document.

The JSP was submitted to government in April this year for an examination process to confirm that the policies and plans drawn up over the past three years meet statutory requirements. On behalf of the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, two independent planning inspectors are following a process to test the work done by the local authorities to ensure that the JSP is fit for purpose and fulfils their legal obligation to produce a ‘sound’ plan.

The inspectors have requested additional information from the councils in relation to the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and the Habitat Regulation Assessment (HRA), as well as requesting clarification and further evidence within other technical work areas, including transport.

The councils will therefore run a six-week consultation process in November and December this year to give people the opportunity to see the information that will be provided and to make comments on it. That feedback will be passed to the inspectors to consider as they prepare for the next phase of their assessment of the JSP. This will mean that the public hearings part of the examination process which had been anticipated to take place this autumn is now expected to take place around mid-May 2019.

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