Kleeneze site: no change on car parking spaces in spite of local concerns
The new 'urban lifestyle' development will have 190-243 parking spaces for an estimated 350-450 people. Locals say it's not enough but the developers say 'residents would not be reliant on owning a car'
MORE than half the public responses to plans for the former Kleeneze site have been about parking, traffic and road access.
Homes England, the government’s housing delivery agency, has submitted an outline planning application to South Gloucestershire Council to agree key parts of the development including access and building height.
Once this is approved, expected to be by March this year, detailed plans will be submitted for the site. Building work is expected to commence in summer 2023.
Work has already begun preparing the six-acre brownfield site off Anstey’s Road, by removing old warehouses, and levelling and stabilising the ground, which was used for coal mining in the past.
Up to 200 homes are planned for the site, with a mix of flats and houses. Up to 70 of those will be affordable housing, making up 35% of properties.
However, the proposed “Urban Lifestyles” design, which encourages people to walk, cycle and use public transport instead of own a car, was criticised by many who attended an online public meeting last June. Currently, 71 per cent of Hanham residents travel to work by car.
The new site will provide around 190 to 243 car parking spaces for a predicted 350 to 450 new residents. Around 55 spaces will be for car club users or for visitors, with fewer than 200 spaces allocated to home owners.
One Hanham business owner commented: “We think this will be great for the High Street and business. Our only concern would be the parking as our staff already struggle to find spaces.”
Another resident said: “I welcome this development but I’m very concerned about the lack of parking.”
In its current outline planning application, Homes England has acknowledged the concerns raised by people in Hanham.
It said: “Residents are concerned that the new residents of the development would own more cars than anticipated and catered for on-site, pushing out into the nearby roads and causing more parking problems for existing residents.”
Despite these concerns, the suggested car parking allocation has not been altered following the public feedback.
A travel plan submitted by Homes England said: “The site is considered to be located in a suitable/accessible location where residents would not be reliant upon owning a car.”
The Sealtech site next door will continue operating, with work to move its access to New Walk beginning later this month.
Homes England smanager John Boutwood said: “Outline permission will guide the next steps in the redevelopment process of the former Kleeneze site, which is a very prominent brownfield site and has been vacant for decades. We are excited about the potential to deliver a vibrant new neighbourhood for Hanham, providing the homes that people need in a central location, close to shops and amenities.We thank the community for their interest in the evolving plans and for taking the time to provide us with their feedback.”
Comments on the planning application can be made on the council’s website under planning reference P21/07602/O.