Approval given for 550 homes near UWE

Published on: 02 Jan 2015

ANOTHER big housing estate close to the UWE campus at Frenchay has been given the go-ahead.

Councillors have approved plans for a 550-home development to the east of Coldharbour Lane subject to agreement over community facilities, affordable housing and developer contributions to local education and health services, public transport and cycling facilities.

The 37-acre site is one of three strategic housing schemes being developed in the area, alongside Cheswick Village, and the Harry Stoke new neighbourhood on the other side of the ring road.

As part of a ‘Section 106’ agreement between the developer and South Gloucestershire Council, the scheme will include contributions towards 173 primary school places as well as a 30-place nursery.

An on-site community centre, recreational open spaces and contributions to local allotments and library services will also be included, plus contributions of £750,000 to the North Fringe to Hengrove Metrobus scheme and £50,000 to the Frome Valley cycle route.

One-third of the homes on the development will be affordable housing.

Development Control (West) committee chair Councillor Dave Hockey said: “This is an important strategic development for South Gloucestershire that will deliver many of the new homes and infrastructure we will need in the future including, in particular, Metrobus and cycling facilities which are so important in this congested area.

“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to work positively with the developer to agree a comprehensive package of Section 106 measures and I look forward to seeing work start on site in the coming months.”

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