South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has extended the deadline for comments on its draft Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the proposed Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood, which could see 5,700 new dwellings built in the area by 2027.
The consultation was originally scheduled to finish last week but the Council has revised the deadline to 1st February after two further documents were released during December.
The area covered by the new neighbourhood includes Cribbs Causeway, Catbrain Hill, the Filton Airfield site, land south of the airfield at Wyck Beck Road and Fishpool Hill and land west of the A4018 (Haw Wood).
The initial draft of the Council’s Core Strategy planning blueprint document released in 2010 foresaw 1,750 dwellings being built in the area but this was later increased to 5,700 after BAE Systems announced it was closing the airfield and a planning inspector insisted on an increase in housing numbers across South Gloucestershire.
The new neighbourhood does not include Charlton Hayes, where 2,400 homes are currently being built, as these were agreed in the Council’s previous Local Plan covering the period up to 2011.
Hard copies of the plan and supporting documents are available at Patchway Hub and Patchway Library.
Click on the thumbnail image above to view a PDF version of the ‘framework diagram’ for the proposed new neighbourhood (warning: large file, 1.6MB).
In the Development Framework SPD, the Council says the new neighbourhood will “deliver good urban design and high quality infrastructure at the right time and in the right location to best serve surrounding development”.
According to the draft document, sustainable development will be ensured through:
- A strong new landscape and movement framework for the area
- Good physical connections with the surrounding area
- Lively and well integrated communities with their own sense of identity
- Distinctive and high quality public realm
- Local jobs, services and facilities
- Recognition of the history of the area
At the public examination of the Council’s Core Strategy in July last year, some of the owners of potential sites within the new neighbourhood expressed a desire to proceed as quickly as possible with development but the Council says it believes sustainable development can only be achieved through a comprehensively planned approach. It is therefore proposing a ‘collaboration agreement’ (or equivalent) as the most effective mechanism for securing coordinated delivery of development and infrastructure across the area.
Selected features outlined in the Development Framework SPD include:
- Prioritising north-south movement across the new neighbourhood, with a public transport route between Charlton Road and the San Andreas Roundabout and strategic walking and cycling routes between Fishpool Hill and Patchway and along the Henbury Trym.
- Extension of the bus priority route for rapid transit south along Highwood Road and east through the new neighbourhood to the A38 and beyond to Parkway railway station, possibly through the currently vacant Rolls-Royce East Works site.
- Safeguarded sites for new railway stations on the Henbury Loop line at Filton North and Henbury (subject to funding from the Department of Transport).
- Community infrastructure, including a secondary school and a primary school (possibly on a combined site), a nursery, children’s centre, a youth centre, a health centre, a community centre and a sports centre.
- Green infrastructure, including recreational open space, natural and semi-natural open space, outdoor sports provision, children’s play areas and allotments.
Other land uses proposed include gypsy and traveller accommodation, bases for the air ambulance and police helicopter, a site for the proposed aerospace heritage museum and a new waste and recycling facility for the North fringe.
The independent inspector currently examining SGC’s Core Strategy last year insisted that the number of housing completions delivered across South Gloucestershire during the first five years of the plan (2012/13 – 2016/17) be significantly increased. The Council responded by raising the target number of completions in the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood over the period from 235 to 1,093.
In a recent letter, the inspector indicates that he is not entirely satisfied with the Council’s proposed amendments to the housing delivery schedule proposed in the Core Strategy and he has called a further public hearing session for 7th March.