Welbeck Land have announced they want to build at least 350 houses on the fields along Morton Way and the planning authority, Tory led South Gloucestershire Council, are likely to give permission thanks to the Government’s planning policy. We know the country needs more homes but Thornbury is a target for developers because they can sell at high prices, not because they are meeting a local need. New rules on what makes a home “affordable” (80% of the average house price) still prices most local people out of the Thornbury housing market, so even the few that are built on each development doesn’t help them.
Developers are not building where they already have permission and banking the land, so the Government’s housing target for South Gloucestershire hasn’t been met. South Glos Council says it must give permission to any proposal unless there are exceptional circumstances. How can this make sense?
Overloading Thornbury doesn’t seem to be a good enough reason to refuse any planning permission. Lib Dem Councillors will keep fighting to maintain Thornbury’s special character in the face of this onslaught, which threatens to swamp it in the rush to develop. Welbeck have only given a few days’ notice of their consultation event in the Armstrong Hall on Sat 6th Feb but we hope people will go along to and have their say – We’ve posted the developer’s leaflet for more info.