This indpendent website, founded in January 2011, aims to bring you a comprehensive round up of stories sourced from the police, local councils and community groups in Patchway.

Filton Airfield plans cleared for take-off (again)

Posted on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 11:28 am by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of Filton Airfield redevelopment.

South Gloucestershire Council’s planning committee has, for the second time in two years, resolved to approve outline planning permission for the re-development of the 143ha (354 acre) former Filton Airfield site.

A previous planning application for the site was put forward by then-owners BAE Systems in October 2014 and subsequently approved, subject to the signing of agreements requiring the developer to make financial contributions to local infrastructure schemes. However, BAE Systems later sold the site to YTL, a Malaysia-based infrastructure investor, without completing these agreements.

The latest plans, submitted by YTL Developments UK Ltd, retain the headline figure of 2,675 new homes. They also include provision for 24ha (62 acres) of employment space, three new schools, recreational areas and community facilities, a doctors’ surgery, a new railway station and a dedicated MetroBus route.

Filton Airfield is one of the largest brownfield sites in the country, and it represents YTL Developments’ first major project in the UK. The company’s ambition is to create a new neighbourhood where people can live and work, which is seamlessly connected to its surroundings and existing local communities.

Its connectivity with Bristol to the south, Cribbs Causeway and the surrounding neighbourhoods of South Gloucestershire and then beyond to London, has been an essential part of the design, which includes numerous interconnecting cycle paths and public transport options.

YTL will make a major investment in infrastructure and is preparing the site for development. It plans to develop the scheme as a single landowner, to ensure the whole site is well coordinated, well built and well connected to deliver a “thriving new neighbourhood for living and working”. It is hoped that thousands of new jobs will be created in the employment space, with a focus on advanced engineering and aerospace.

More: Construction of buildings could start as early as autumn 2018 »

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Refugee named Community Learner of the Year

Posted on Saturday 11th November 2017 at 11:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Ian Blair (left) and Hecham Alsaiyad.

A refugee living in Patchway has been named as the South Gloucestershire Community Learner of the Year for 2017.

Hecham Alsaiyad, 39, worked as a pharmacist back in Syria but the civil war in his country forced him to leave. He came to the UK under the refugee resettlement programme to make a new life for himself and his family.

Hecham, his wife and his three children arrived in November last year and have been living in the Patchway area ever since.

Keen to get on with his life, he enrolled on two English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses and also spent many hours studying English at home in his determination to excel as quickly as possible.

He said: “It has been difficult at times settling into a new life but I have found that the people I have met have been friendly and very supportive.”

Getting used to being in another country and experiencing a different culture has thrown up some interesting observations for Hecham. He says the things he enjoys most about living here is the sense of freedom and openness and how well traffic is managed, with everyone following the rules.

Hecham also has aspirations to go to university and is interested in researching stem cell science. In the meantime, he is continuing with his community learning courses and looking for opportunities to access an international English language testing system course.

More: Chair of council presented prizes »

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Lidl looking to open new store on Hayes Way

Posted on Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 8:48 am by SH (Editor)

CGI image of the proposed Lidl store.

Lidl UK has announced that it will be holding a public consultation event to outline its proposals for a new store on Hayes Way, Patchway.

The proposed site (see map below) is a triangular plot of undeveloped land south of Hayes Way, between the Travelodge on Gloucester Road and the entrance to the new Aerospace Bristol museum. This site has existing planning permission for employment use, granted as part of the outline planning application for the wider Charlton Hayes (Northfield) development.

The public are invited to attend the event, which will take place from 2pm to 7pm on Wednesday 25th October at Patchway Community Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway BS34 5PF. Here, Lidl’s dedicated property team will be on hand to outline the supermarket group’s plans for a new store and answer any questions from the local community.

Subject to planning consent being granted by South Gloucestershire Council, the multi-million pound investment will see Lidl commit to building a new store with 1,325m² sales area on a 14,187m² site, with plans to create up to 40 new jobs.

Lidl UK’s regional head of property, Glen Stidever, commented:

“We are extremely excited about the prospect of opening a Lidl in Patchway and serving our fresh, quality and incredibly good value produce which shoppers across the country have come to love. We look forward to welcoming anyone along to the public consultation event and showcasing our plans whilst answering any questions.”

The planned development in Patchway will add to Lidl’s existing portfolio of 680 stores, and will form part of the company’s growth plans which hope to see this increase to 1,500 stores in the future.

The company says it hopes to submit a planning application in November.

Anyone wishing to share feedback on the current plans can do so at www.patchway.lidl.co.uk

More: Map showing location of proposed development site »

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Patchway Special School gets nod from planners

Posted on Friday 20th October 2017 at 11:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Pegasus School, Patchway - 3D view from planning application.

A ‘unique’ new Special Free School has been granted planning approval by South Gloucestershire councillors.

Members of the authority’s Development Control Committee (West) approved plans to build a new special free school for pupils with special educational needs on a site next to Patchway Community School in Hempton Lane, Patchway.

The new Pegasus School will have 80 school places and be a mixed school for pupils with autism.

The project is sponsored by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and supported by the wider Concorde Partnership which consists of a group of secondary schools in South Gloucestershire (Bradley Stoke, Abbeywood and Patchway Community Schools).

In addition, the project group is working in partnership with the local authority, existing South Gloucestershire special schools (Culverhill, Warmley Park, New Siblands, New Horizon’s Learning Centre) and local resource bases.

Cllr Toby Savage, Cabinet member for schools, commented:

“This is about building something which we don’t currently have in South Gloucestershire – a fantastic new special school dedicated to meeting the education needs of a growing number of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.”

Image: 3D view of the school (from the planning application)

More: Site plan (from planning application) »

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