Revised homes plan set for go-ahead

March 29 2018

PLANS to build 77 homes off Greenbank Road in Hanham look set to get the go-ahead.

South Gloucestershire Council is recommending the plans for the land between Aek-Boco Football Club and The Church of the Ascension are approved, subject to conditions.

The decision has been delegated to the authority's chief planning officer and was expected to have been made by March 28.

It follows a public consultation back in July when residents were invited to look at the proposals and have their say before the plans were officially placed with the authority.

As a result of feedback from locals, the plans were tweaked in an attempt to alleviate concerns.

The application - submitted by Square Bay and Bellway Homes - seeks to develop the vacant six and a half acre site with 77 two, three and four bed homes, 27 of which will be affordable, in line with the council’s policy.

The plans include two separate accesses on to Greenbank Road, 129 private parking spaces along with 43 garage parking spaces and 16 spaces for visitors.

Improvements will be made to the children’s play area located to the south of the site, providing additional play opportunities for local children.

A highway improvement scheme for Greenbank Road is included, which will provide facilities for pedestrians as well as traffic management measures to remove existing bottlenecks and reduce vehicle speeds, both along the street itself and at the junction with Hollyguest Road.

The proposals met with a mixed reaction from people living nearby with many saying Greenbank Road is not suitable for the extra traffic the scheme will generate. They also expressed concern about Hanham losing yet another open space and fears the homes would put pressure on local schools and doctor surgeries.

But some said the plans were more sympathetic than they had expected and welcomed the chance for updated play facilities.

Hanham Parish Council lodged a formal objection to the plans, along with eight residents.