A Planning Committee looks set to approve plans to build six new dwellings on land currently used for parking in Longney Place [map], despite objections from residents concerned about access to existing properties at the site.
South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Development Control (West) Committee is due to consider the planning application from Solon Housing Association at its meeting next Thursday (11th October).
Councillors on the Committee attended a site meeting in Longney Place last Friday (28th September).
A report produced by Council officers in advance of next week’s meeting recommends that the plans be approved subject to a number of conditions that include the implementation of ‘home zone’ demarcation between vehicular and pedestrian areas on the access roads that will remain once the two new properties have been constructed.
A previous planning application for the construction of a nine-dwelling three-storey property on the same site was rejected by SGC and an independent planning inspector in 2008.
The Council says it has received seven letters of objection from local residents, whose concerns include the ability to access existing garages (behind properties fronting onto Coniston Road), loss of parking spaces for residents and visitors, the safety of pedestrians and loss of views.
Objectors also question why it is necessary to “shoehorn” six homes into the enclosed site when “2,000 are being built at Filton Airfield”.
Some residents also claim they were not properly informed about the proposals and point out that the application was lodged when many of them were on holiday.
Patchway Town Council has not submitted any comment on the application, presumably because its September Planning Committee meeting was inquorate.
A total of 17 lock up garages on the site (seen in the right of the above photo) will have to be demolished to make way for the proposed new housing. The applicant states that only eight of these are currently in use and that all existing garage licensees have been written to by the Council and offered alternative garages within the immediate area.
Next week’s Planning Committee meeting [agenda] takes place in Thornbury at 2:30pm.
Image: Front elevation of new homes proposed by Solon Housing Association at Longney Place, Patchway.