Landform Estates is pleased to confirm that the sale of their 55-acre Cleve Park site in Thornbury, near Bristol, to Miller Homes took place in January 2020.
The Cleve Park proposals were jointly promoted by Landform and its long-term partner Welbeck Strategic Land. Development of the 350-home site also includes a 70-bed care home, 14 self-build plots and 1,050 sqm of community and commercial facilities.
Planning consent for the 350 dwelling project was allowed on appeal in May 2018 but was subject to a Judicial Review challenge by South Gloucestershire Council however, this was dismissed by the High Court in early 2019 meaning that the project could proceed.
South Gloucestershire Council has an admitted 5-year housing supply shortfall and both Thornbury and the Cleve Park site had been identified in the emerging West of England JSP and the South Gloucestershire draft Local Plan as the preferred location for housing. Notwithstanding this, securing planning consent proved to be a real challenge and involved two local plan reviews, a public inquiry and two appearances at the High Court to fend off NIMBY based resistance from the local council.
Interest to purchase the consented site was intense and came from a wide range of national and regional house builders, which resulted in a very competitive bidding process. The high level of interest shown in the site reflects the chronic shortage of good quality housing land in the Bristol area, which is enjoying high demand and buoyant market conditions.
The site was jointly marketed by local agents David James & Partners and Webb Paton.