Archive for March, 2014

Permission granted for first major housing scheme in Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood

Posted on Thursday 27th March 2014 at 6:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Land use plan for the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood (January 2014).

Outline planning permission has been granted for the first of three major housing developments set to make up the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN), most of which lies within the Patchway district ward of South Gloucestershire.

The scheme, by Persimmon Homes and Ashfield Land, will see the construction of up to 1,100 homes on a 133-acre site at Fishpool Hill, near Cribbs Causeway.

A new local centre, primary school, leisure and community facilities and transport infrastructure will also be delivered as part of the scheme.

The Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Committee, Cllr Dave Hockey, said:

“This is a landmark decision and a significant step forward for the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood.”

“In time this scheme will form part of a major new self-contained community within South Gloucestershire providing many of the new homes, jobs and infrastructure we will need in the coming years.”

“Committee members are grateful to all those who responded to the council’s consultation on this scheme and have carefully considered all comments received as part of the decision-making process.”

“One outcome of this is that councillors have agreed that an extra planning condition should be added to the Fishpool Hill development requiring Persimmon Homes to set up a Residents’ Liaison Group before the start of construction, to allow any problems relating to the development to be discussed.”

The Fishpool Hill development is one of three major schemes which will make up the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood of approximately 5,700 homes, 123 acres of employment land, new open spaces, schools and community facilities over the next 15 years.

The two other major schemes within the New Neighbourhood development – one to the north of the A4018 Cribbs Causeway, and the other on the site of the former airfield at Filton – are expected to be considered by the committee in the coming months.

More: Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) approved this week »

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College staff dress up for World Book Day

Posted on Friday 7th March 2014 at 6:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Teachers at Patchway Community College dress up for World Book Day.

World Book Day came to Patchway Community College on Thursday (6th March), with staff dressing up as characters from well-loved books and literature.

Students spent the day excitedly guessing which characters staff were portraying, all watching a video where staff gave literary clues to their role with students submitting as many answers as they could!

The week at the school has been a series of book related events, including a visit from a storyteller and a “Real Men Read” event where male staff, from PE teachers to Technology teachers, Science teachers to Catering teachers, read aloud from their favourite poems and books to watching students. All staff have also posted signs on classroom and office doors advertising what they are reading themselves.

Headteacher Jane Millicent said:

“Reading is so important to students for success in life, and it was wonderful to be able to use World Book Day to celebrate the fun and enjoyment in books with the students, sharing our love for reading with them.”

Photo courtesy of NPB Images Photography, Bristol.

Related link: Schools in Patchway (The Journal)

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