Thornbury-based Liberal Democrat Councillors Maggie Tyrrell and Jayne Stansfield have been joined by over a hundred local people in sending a letter to the director of a development company requesting that plans to develop a housing site in a field surrounded by rural lanes be dropped, as Thornbury Town Council considered the formal planning application for the first time.
The letter came together after the two councillors received a leaflet from the developers advertising their plan for the field, which is opposite the roads in which they live. The leaflet details plans for 150 homes on the site, which is currently reserved in the West of England Joint Spatial Plan for employment, not residential development. Cllrs. Tyrrell and Stansfield described the leaflet as “underhand”.
“We weren’t expecting the levels of support we’ve got. We’ve only sent the letter for people to sign to residents relatively close to the site as we have no way of knowing how far this leaflet was delivered in Thornbury, so to have 100 people back the campaign is fantastic. I’m looking forward to sending the letter tonight to see if Bloor Homes [the developer] have a response that shows they’re prepared to listen to the real anger in our community.”
“We’ve been fighting against unsustainable development in Thornbury and across South Glos for some time, but to get this leaflet bringing the fight so close to home was a shock. Nobody denies the housing crisis in this country, especially for the young, but the levels of 4 and 5 bedroom executive homes currently swamping Thornbury isn’t a solution to that problem. The lanes around Crossways Field are crucial for leisure pursuits and access to the countryside and the roads are nowhere near suitable for carrying the extra traffic generated by this development plan. Bloor needs to go back to the drawing board and think about the impact they have on communities with schemes like this.”
At the meeting held tonight at Thornbury Town Hall, Thornbury Town Council unanimously agreed to object to the plans. Following the meeting, Councillors Tyrrell and Stansfield sent their letter to company director, John Bloor.