Mixed views on plan to build 77 new homes

June 30 2017

RESIDENTS living in and around Greenbank Road in Hanham are being invited to an exhibition about proposals to build dozens of new homes in the area.

RESIDENTS living in and around Greenbank Road in Hanham are being invited to an exhibition about proposals to build dozens of new homes in the area.

Bellway Homes wants to put up 77 houses in the field between Aek Boco Football Club and the Church of the Ascension in Hollyguest Road.

They have teamed up with land developer Square Bay, which now owns the land, calling the development a "sensitive" residential scheme.

A planning application to South Gloucestershire Council has yet to be made, although one is expected later this year.

The two companies are inviting residents to an exhibition which takes place at the Church of the Ascension this Thursday (July 6) from 3-7pm so people can express their views.

The development would be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes with 35 per cent of them forming affordable housing.

There are also proposals for a highway improvement scheme which includes enhanced facilities for pedestrians and traffic calming measures to remove existing bottlenecks and reduce vehicle speeds both along the street and at the entry from Hollyguest Road.

There would also be improved on-site drainage which developers say would benefit the playing fields next to the site.

Resident Tom Hartree, who lives in nearby Kelston Grove, told the Voice he has concerns about the scheme.

"We won't know much about the proposed scheme until the exhibition but we are worried about increased traffic along the road we live in, particularly as people already use it as a cut-through.Seventy seven homes is a lot and it would be interesting to find out where children on the new estate would go to school, because local schools are already oversubscribed. It also puts extra pressure on health facilities. It's already difficult to get a doctor's appointment when you need one.

"However, I would welcome improved play facilities as the play area in Greenbank Road is outdated and needs replacing."