A landmark new neighbourhood north of the town of Yate, South Gloucestershire, has been given the go ahead by the local planning authority.

An overview of the plans for the neighbourhood scheme
Go ahead for Gloucestershire new neighbourhood scheme

LDA Design prepared a masterplan for 2,400 of the 3,000 new homes approved, and also undertook environmental impact and landscape visual impact assessments.

The scheme will create a mixed-use development with residential areas and five hectares of ‘employment land’. This is set around a new local centre with shops and a pub, two primary schools, a mixed-use community centre with a police post, sports facilities, informal open space, allotments and play areas. Some 35% of the new homes will be affordable, and they will include ExtraCare units, supporting independent living for older people with special care needs.
The scheme will also preserve and enhance the site’s ecological characteristics, says LDA Design. It will include a woodland area incorporating existing trees, a recreational loop following an existing green lane, and a new meadow landscape area incorporating the site’s existing watercourses and floodplain.
The masterplan was informed by a series of public consultation events and continued discussions with South Gloucestershire Council, as well as the environmental impact assessment. LDA Design coordinated the EIA which influenced the scheme design in a number of ways, including transportation, flood risk, ecology, landscape and visual effects, and noise.
‘The scheme is a key element in South Gloucestershire’s long-term development plans and will help to deliver many of the new homes, jobs and community facilities and infrastructure the district will need in the coming years,’ says LDA Design partner Bernie Foulkes.
Outline planning permission was granted subject to a detailed Section 106 agreement between developer Heron Land Developments and the council, which will see investment of approximately £20m in local services, amenities and infrastructure.
The new homes will be completed in phases, with initial work set to begin on site in the 2014/15 financial year.

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