A planning application for the new Cleve Park housing development in Thornbury, which includes self-built plots and a care home, has now been submitted to South Gloucestershire District Council by Landform Estates.
The proposals for the Cleve Park neighbourhood, adjoining Morton Way and Grovesend Road, include plans for 350 new homes, including bungalows, 14 self-build plots, a 70 bed care home for elderly residents, public open spaces as well as community facilities and shops.
The plans submitted last week have incorporated many of the ideas put forward by local residents at the Community Planning Day held in February to discuss the masterplan for the site, and at the subsequent exhibition held in April. The feedback from both events, which were each attended by around 200 people from Thornbury and adjoining communities, have been positive and many of the concerns and good ideas expressed by residents have been taken on board by the masterplanners.
Mr Tom Symes, a director of Landform said: “Working together with the local community, and council officers, has been very encouraging. As a result of this dialogue, we hope we have come forward with a far better scheme which will fit well with the natural landscaping of the environment.”
He added: “Enthusiasm for the site’s self-build plots - whereby individuals can buy their own plot and either build themselves or have their own homes designed and built for them - has surprised us and is very encouraging. Local residents and community self-build promoters have already been in contact with us to see how they can work with us to bring the self-build plots forward.”
JTP, the masterplanner of the site, has made adjustments to the plans to meet concerns over access routes. JTP’s Charles Campion said: “A number of new features to help with traffic calming measures, such as reducing the speed limit on Morton Way and signal controlled pedestrian crossings, have been introduced. The roof-level of the care home has also been reduced to two storeys following concerns raised by local residents.”
The plans also include strict safeguarding measures on the future upkeep of the two ancient woodlands, Crossways Wood and Cleve Wood, which are close to the site. A new management plan, to be overseen by a local wildlife trust, will be set up and will include public access arrangements.
It is expected that the District Council could make a decision on the outline planning application in the autumn.