Say no to homes on valued green space

This Is Wiltshire: Coun Joe Tray Coun Joe Tray

A CONTROVERSIAL housing development is set to go before the planning committee tonight.

The application is to build 74 homes on land off Hyde Road, which is currently home to a number of football pitches used by the Kingsdown Sports Centre.

These pitches would be relocated to green space next to the A419 and near existing sports pitches.

The application drew dozens of objections from residents unhappy about a number of issues including the layout and loss of green space.

As a result the application has been called in to the planning committee. Council officers have drawn up a report recommending that the application is accepted.

Coun Joe Tray (Lab, Penhill and Upper Stratton), who is not on the committee, will be opposing the application.

He said: “I will be urging the members to reject this application.

“This is the third planning application for housing development on land off Hyde Road in as many years and this time the development is planned on used green open space.

“So I will be opposing this application on the grounds the area is already contributing to the borough’s housing needs from the developments that have already been agreed, that public open space will be lost and because it will lead to more traffic on a road that was never designed for the number of vehicles that will be driving on it in the future.

“The planning report does acknowledge all of these issues and it even admits that the surrounding area of the site has a shortfall of open space and that this development will only exacerbate this shortfall.

“But despite this the planning report believes these grounds are not enough to reject the planning application. I disagree and think we should take a stand and stop this overdevelopment of Hyde Road and Stratton, which doesn’t have the infrastructure to cope with this scale of housing.”

The officers’ report concludes that while there is a short-fall of green space in the area, the benefits of the proposal outweigh any costs. On top on that, they say the developers have changed the layout from the original application to deal with these issue.

The report says: “The proposed replacement pitches, which would be subject to a community use agreement, offer an improved facility and this is considered to outweigh the loss of the existing playing pitches. “Residents have raised a number of concerns in relation to the proposal, however, following discussions between the applicant and officers the revised layout is considered acceptable in terms of its design and appearance and impact upon residential amenity.”

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7:55am Tue 12 Aug 14

umpcah says...

TOMORROW`S HEADLINES : - Approval given to homes on valued green space in Kingsdown !
TOMORROW`S HEADLINES : - Approval given to homes on valued green space in Kingsdown ! umpcah
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8:30am Tue 12 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

This is always a difficult one. For those complaining, their houses were once on "green space" too and building close to other houses reduces costs of providing services. But on the other side, is there anywhere else better and how will it affect the existing area. The views of the people are usually ignored, but the council have to tick a box to say they held a consultation but there is no box to say they took a blind bit of notice.

Does anyone know where all the people are coming from who are buying all these houses, are they local, or commuters or both?
This is always a difficult one. For those complaining, their houses were once on "green space" too and building close to other houses reduces costs of providing services. But on the other side, is there anywhere else better and how will it affect the existing area. The views of the people are usually ignored, but the council have to tick a box to say they held a consultation but there is no box to say they took a blind bit of notice. Does anyone know where all the people are coming from who are buying all these houses, are they local, or commuters or both? house on the hill
  • Score: 2

10:08am Tue 12 Aug 14

StFc says...

You can say no until you're blue in the face. It will make little difference in the end. Shame. But that's the way it is/
You can say no until you're blue in the face. It will make little difference in the end. Shame. But that's the way it is/ StFc
  • Score: 15

10:09am Tue 12 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Leave football pitches and areas of leisure alone.
Leave football pitches and areas of leisure alone. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 8

11:29am Tue 12 Aug 14

trustnopolitician says...

Thou shal put profit and money before any consideration of the effect on people .

Thou shall not disagree with Councillors who know everything and care for nobody.
Thou shal put profit and money before any consideration of the effect on people . Thou shall not disagree with Councillors who know everything and care for nobody. trustnopolitician
  • Score: 4

12:07pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

As it appears people wish to continue to see c.300,000 new people arrive in the country, via net immigration, each year, it's inevitable that green spaces will have to be used to provide the required housing.

If you don't like it, there's really only one way you're likely to be able to prevent it happening.
As it appears people wish to continue to see c.300,000 new people arrive in the country, via net immigration, each year, it's inevitable that green spaces will have to be used to provide the required housing. If you don't like it, there's really only one way you're likely to be able to prevent it happening. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 6

1:31pm Tue 12 Aug 14

LordCharles says...

People need somewhere to live. Cities and town have been expanding since the Stone Age. Only six per cent of land in the UK is urbanised. If you want to live near green fields move to the countryside.
People need somewhere to live. Cities and town have been expanding since the Stone Age. Only six per cent of land in the UK is urbanised. If you want to live near green fields move to the countryside. LordCharles
  • Score: -6

5:35pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Compaq says...

Nimbys
Nimbys Compaq
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3:03am Wed 13 Aug 14

greenpacer says...

You can move to the countryside, but before long the countryside your in is swallowed up by yet more housing. And so it goes on. There are bigger countries that can take these immigrants.
You can move to the countryside, but before long the countryside your in is swallowed up by yet more housing. And so it goes on. There are bigger countries that can take these immigrants. greenpacer
  • Score: 4

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