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Council unveils vision for Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood

Posted on Monday 20th January 2014 at 7:07 pm by SH (Editor)

SPD for the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood.

A detailed planning framework for the development of the proposed Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood has been published today (20th January) by South Gloucestershire Council, marking the start of a six-week consultation that includes a ‘drop-in’ event at Coniston Community Centre on Thursday 6th February.

The draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) details the council’s vision for the future of the area, which includes the Filton Airfield site, and the facilities and infrastructure that will be required as part of a significant mixed-use development.

The council’s proposals will see more than 120 acres set aside as employment land as part of a new Filton Economic Area focused on aerospace and advanced manufacturing and with the potential to create up to 6,000 high quality new jobs.

The plans also allocate land for emergency air services including the Great Western Ambulance Service and for Concorde and the Bristol Aero Collection, helping to ensure that the area’s aerospace heritage is safeguarded for future generations.

Up to 5,700 new homes including affordable and extra care housing are proposed for the new neighbourhood site, and the draft plans detail the new schools and community facilities that the new community will require.

The new neighbourhood will also see significant investment in new roads and public transport infrastructure, and land will be safeguarded for two new railway stations on the route of the Henbury Line.

Welcoming the launch of the consultation, Chair of the council’s Planning, Transportation and Environment Committee Cllr Brian Allinson said:

“The Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood is a key element in our vision for the North Fringe area and will include new homes, new employment areas and new infrastructure including public transport facilities, walking and cycling routes, schools and open spaces.”

“It is especially exciting to see in greater detail the council’s vision for the development of employment land in support of a new Enterprise Area focused on aerospace and advanced manufacturing. This development has the potential to support up to 6,000 high-quality new jobs while also attracting significant inward investment.”

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Three men arrested after elderly couple targeted by fraudsters in Patchway

Posted on Thursday 9th January 2014 at 12:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Police car.

Three men were arrested in the Patchway area yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 8th January, in a police operation involving the police helicopter, plain clothed and uniformed officers.

The operation came after an elderly couple reported handing over a substantial amount of cash to a number of men. The couple had previously had unsatisfactory work carried out on their home and had been contacted by men claiming to be from Trading Standards, investigating this as rogue trading.

Two men remain in police custody today, while a third has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

South Gloucestershire DI Jill Kells said:

“Our investigations into this fraud continue and I would ask anyone who has any information which could help our enquiries to get in touch by calling us on 101 with the reference 2275/14.”

“I must stress that the police, Trading Standards or the courts would never ask a victim to hand over cash in any circumstances.”

“If you have an unexpected caller, use the door chain and ask for identification before opening the door. Officers from the police or Trading Standards will always show you identification. If you are at all unsure about a caller, shut the door and ring 101 immediately.”

You can also make contact through the police website at:  www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact.

Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

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