Artist's impression of Filton Airfield redevelopment.

Filton Airfield plans cleared for take-off (again)

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

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

Refugee named Community Learner of the Year

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

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