Taking next steps to Keep Hanham Abbots Special

November 03 2017

A GROUP formed this year by residents to protect green spaces in Hanham has organised a community walk which will include two beauty spots at the centre of controversial proposals for housing development.

A GROUP formed this year by residents to protect green spaces in Hanham has organised a community walk which will include two beauty spots at the centre of controversial proposals for housing development.

Keep Hanham Abbots Special, which campaigns to raise awareness of Hanham Abbots Conservation Area, has arranged the leisurely walk for Sunday November 19 from 11am-1pm.

As well as visiting the green sites which are being targeted for housing, the walk will celebrate the beauty and history of Hanham Abbots.

The first port of call will be Hanham Cricket Club where 96 homes could be built.

Sights of local interest along the walk include the pond, the Pound, Stephen's Green and ancient St Georges Church, a ‘Chapel of Ease’ adjoining Hanham Court. 

There will be an optional uphill climb to a viewpoint above the church, before returning on footpaths north of Abbots Road to view the second of the possible housing development sites and the area proposed for the relocation of the cricket ground. Walkers will return to Abbots Road at Crossleaze Farm where those who wish, can make a detour to the Elm Tree Pub or continue back to the start. 

The walk is approximately 2.5 miles. Stout footwear is advised. 

People should meet at the car park on the corner of Abbots Road/Whittucks Road at 11am. Anyone interested should RSVP to keephanhamabbotsspecial@gmail.com

•  So far, only "hypothetical" proposals have been put forward to build 96 homes on the Hanham Cricket Club site as well as  another 105 houses on green belt land further along Abbots Road. The owner of the green belt  - named in a document as a Mr F Francis - is putting forward a case to remove the land's protection. If successful, this would pave the way for him to find a developer to build housing to meet the shortfall of homes in the region.

Any proposals would include relocating the cricket club to the bigger site. Already there has been a great deal of  hostility to the suggestion, with Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore launching a petition against any future plans to build on the area's green belt.