Local MP Luke Hall, Cllr James Ball, Mayor of Chipping Sodbury James Ball, Cllr Becky Romaine and local Conservative Councillors and activists have raised an official objection against Persimmon Homes’ proposed expansion of Chipping Sodbury by 35%.
This comes following Persimmon Homes’ speculative planning application for 725 homes on the land off St. John’s Way in Chipping Sodbury. This would be a 35% increase of the number of houses in Chipping Sodbury in one application, which Luke Hall MP and local residents believe to be unsustainable.
Luke Hall MP, Chipping Sodbury Mayor James Ball, Councillor Becky Romaine, and local residents have written to South Gloucestershire Council, outlining their serious concerns about the development.
They have stated that Chipping Sodbury does not have the infrastructure necessary to support such a large development and that if this application approved, added pressure would be placed on local roads, schools, GP services and community facilities.
They have also stated that local roads such as St John’s Way, Wickwar Road and Cotswold Road,
which are already experience a high volume of traffic would be put under further pressure by these new houses, presenting serious questions about congestion, road safety and levels of local pollution.
There are also concerns that this housing development would have a negative impact on local biodiversity and natural wildlife of the area, as well as serious concerns around flooding, with the development situated in close proximity to the Frome River flood plain and a number of Chipping Sodbury residents already struggling to obtain home insurance due to flooding concerns.
Taking further action, the MP has launched a petition against the development proposals, which has already been signed by hundreds of Chipping Sodbury residents. This can be found at: https://www.lukehall.org.uk/form/no-to-35-expansion-of-chipping-s
Luke Hall MP said: “These proposals to expand Chipping Sodbury by 35% are completely inappropriate. Our Community is already growing, but these plans go too far and too fast. They would put too much pressure on our roads, GP services and community facilities and don’t take account of local flood risk. That is why I am taking our petition directly to South Gloucestershire Council and calling on them to reject these plans.
More information can be found on Luke's "No to 35% expansion of Chipping Sodbury" campaign page: https://www.lukehall.org.uk/campaigns/no-35-expansion-chipping-sodbury