Posts Tagged ‘South Gloucestershire Council’

Full approval granted for first batch of 278 airfield homes

Posted on Monday 13th May 2019 at 9:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of an advertising hoarding for the Brabazon development, with the Brabazon hangars visible in the background.

Work on building the first batch of new homes on the former Filton Airfield is set to begin before the end of the year after South Gloucestershire Council approved the first ‘reserved matters’ planning application to come forward for the massive 143ha (354 acre) site.

Outline permission for development of the site as a whole was granted in 2015, with the permission including 2,675 homes, 24ha (62 acres) of employment land, three new schools, recreational areas and community facilities, a doctors’ surgery, a new railway station and a dedicated MetroBus route.

The dedicated MetroBus lanes within the development will form part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension linking The Mall with Bristol Parkway Station via Gipsy Patch Lane.

YTL Developments, which acquired the Filton Airfield site from BAE Systems in 2015, is now marketing the development under the ‘Brabazon’ brand name, after an aircraft designed by the Bristol Aeroplane Company.

The recently approved reserved matters application, for 278 homes, relates to a parcel of land on the northern boundary of the outline site, close to Hayes Way and just west of the new Aerospace Bristol museum. Access will be from Blenheim Roundabout (near the Trust Ford dealership), and later also from Brabazon Roundabout (near the Wessex Garages dealership) with a U-shaped road eventually being formed between the two roundabouts.

The 278 properties which have received approval consist of two six-storey apartment blocks and one 7-storey apartment block, together providing 151 dwellings, along with 127 two- to four-bedroom homes of either two or three storeys.

Forty-four (15 percent) of the homes in this first phase will be provided as affordable housing. Across the site as a whole, the developer is required to provide 17 percent affordable housing.

More: "… a highly sustainable new residential quarter"

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Long-serving Patchway councillor Eve Orpen steps down due to ill health

Posted on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 10:57 am by SH (Editor)

L-r: South Gloucestershire councillors Pat Rooney and Eve Orpen.

A local councillor who has represented the Patchway ward on South Gloucestershire Council for many years has stepped down from the role due to ongoing health issues.

Eve Orpen, who has been undergoing cancer treatment for over two years, submitted her resignation from the council today (14th November).

Cllr Orpen said:

“I have found it difficult to fulfil my district councillor role whilst having treatment because it involves attending meetings and events across South Gloucestershire. My treatment often leaves me very tired, and I don’t feel able to continue.”

“I would like to thank my colleagues for their understanding over the past couple of years, and especially my fellow Patchway councillor Keith Walker, who has had to take on extra work while I have been out of action.”

Cllr Pat Rooney, leader of the Labour Group on South Gloucestershire Council, paid tribute to her colleague saying:

“Eve has represented Patchway on South Gloucestershire Council for 15 of the past 23 years and I thank her for her long service. She has been a committed and valued colleague, but I understand her reasons for standing down now. Recovering her health must come first, and all of her colleagues in the Labour Group wish her an ongoing and full recovery.”

The Journal understands that as Cllr Orpen’s resignation has come within six months of a planned ‘ordinary day of election’, her seat on the council will remain vacant until the next South Gloucestershire Council elections in May 2019.

Photo (l-r): Cllr Pat Rooney and Eve Orpen.

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Area Forum to consider Patchway transport, youth and community projects

Posted on Monday 25th February 2013 at 6:42 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council.

A number of Patchway transport, youth and community projects stand to benefit from decisions due to be made at a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Southern Brooks Area Forum this week.

The forum has £100k to allocate to local transport capital schemes and two of the twelve schemes to be considered for implementation are in Patchway. These are:

  • Provision of a continuous footway along a 150m (approx) section of Sycamore Drive (£81k)
  • Upgrade of the existing path between Eagle Drive and Blakeney Road to a shared use cycle/footpath (£44k)

The twelve proposed schemes have an estimated total cost of £559k and Councillors will be able to select no more than four of them to stay within the allocated budget.

Patchway Youth Centre, Coniston Road, Patchway, Bristol.

Councillors will also consider an application from Southern Brooks Community Partnership (SBCP) for a Positive Activities Fund grant to help fund activities for young people at Patchway Youth Centre.

SBCP is hoping to take over the centre from SGC and provide three nights of youth provision per week, including a creative arts session, an ‘acoustic café’ session and a programme to establish a Patchway Youth Forum to “give young people a stronger voice in the community”.

The social enterprise has asked for a grant of £32,226 to cover the first year of operation (including transition funding of £10k) and SGC officers have recommended that £25k be granted.

The New Homes Bonus is an additional source of funding available to the forum this year and three Patchway community projects have been put forward by the Town Council for consideration:

  • Improvements to the shopping area at Rodway Road (£50k)
  • Creation of a continuous perimeter path around Scott Park (£93k)
  • Improvements to the skate park in Scott Park (£15k)

The Southern Brooks Area Forum meeting takes place on Tuesday 26th February at the Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, starting at 7pm.

The forum’s area of responsibility covers Bradley Stoke, Filton, Frenchay, Stoke Park, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne,

More info: Agenda for the Area Forum meeting on 26th February (SGC)

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Shellmor Avenue left turn ban to begin on Monday

Posted on Thursday 29th November 2012 at 9:39 pm by SH (Editor)

The left-turn into Shellmor Avenue from Gloucester Road is to be closed.

Work to implement a scheme to ban traffic turning left off the A38 Gloucester Road into Shellmor Avenue and improve the layout of the Shellmor Avenue/Stoke Lane junction got underway this week.

The scheme is intended to improve road safety on Shellmor Avenue by reducing the volume of traffic using the road as a “cut through”.

The go ahead for the work was finally given at September’s meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, despite 39 objections being received during the legal advertisement phase (76 respondents were in favour).

Many of the objectors raised concerns about the possible impact the closure would have on traffic levels in Stoke Lane and Patchway Town Councillors are understood to have since met with SGC Highway Engineers to discuss these.

Stage 1 of the Shellmor Avenue work started on Monday (26th November) and has involved temporarily closing the road between Shellmor Close and the junction with Stoke Lane, to enable the junction widening works to be carried out. This has necessitated the introduction of a lengthy diversionary route, via the Aztec West Roundabout, for traffic wishing to access Shellmor Avenue and the roads leading off it.

Stage 2 of the work, to close the left turn off Gloucester Road, is due to begin on Monday (3rd December, not 2nd December as shown on the sign).

The Council has estimated the cost of implementing the left turn ban at £15,000, which does not include earlier investigation work. The additional £10,000 cost of the Shellmor Avenue/Stoke Lane junction improvement work was allocated by the Southern Brooks Area Forum in March.

More info: Consultation and traffic management measures (SGC)

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