Setback for Developers as South Gloucestershire Council Opposes Proposed Housing Estate

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A proposed housing estate in South Gloucestershire has faced a setback as a planning inspector dismissed an appeal by developers seeking approval for the construction of 180 homes. The controversial project by Bloor Homes, located on four agricultural fields west of Sodbury Road in Wickwar, garnered strong opposition from over 600 residents.

South Gloucestershire Council had initially opposed the application, leading to an eight-day public inquiry in October and November. The inquiry, initiated after Bloor Homes lodged an appeal, began with an 800-name petition presented against the plans. The government-appointed inspector, tasked with reviewing the appeal, raised concerns over the development’s car-dependent nature and its potential visual impact on the landscape and a nearby Grade II-listed farmhouse.

The inspector’s report, published on Monday, November 27, stated that the adverse effects of the proposed housing estate would significantly outweigh any potential benefits. Council leaders have welcomed the decision, emphasizing its role in protecting a vital green space.

The proposed housing estate, spanning four agricultural fields, had prompted concerns within the community about the potential alteration of Wickwar’s character. Residents were particularly vocal about potential strains on local infrastructure and services, given the development’s car-dependent nature.

The rejection of the appeal is considered a victory for the community, highlighting the efficacy of collective opposition to the project. Local leaders, who consistently opposed the development, welcomed the decision as crucial for preserving green spaces and protecting the local environment.

“This decision aligns with the values of our community and ensures the preservation of a crucial green space that contributes to the well-being of our residents,” remarked a spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council.

The setback for the developers in Wickwar underscores the importance of community engagement and the impact of residents coming together to voice concerns about the potential consequences of large-scale developments. The public inquiry, featuring testimonies from various stakeholders, provided a platform for a comprehensive examination of the proposed development’s merits and drawbacks.

The concerns raised about the visual impact on the landscape and potential harm to a Grade II-listed farmhouse resonated with the planning inspector. These considerations, coupled with worries about the development’s reliance on car usage, formed a compelling case against the proposal.

The rejection of the proposed housing estate marks a win for residents who were dedicated to preserving the unique character and charm of Wickwar in South Gloucestershire. The decision stands as a testament to the influence of community involvement and collaboration in shaping the future of a locality.

Elliot Preece
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