Thornbury town extension to offer public green space and SuDS

New public open space, allotments and SuDS form part of a recently-approved 130-home town extension in Gloucestershire.

Thornbury, Gloucestershire. Image: Clanger's England/ Flickr
Thornbury, Gloucestershire. Image: Clanger's England/ Flickr

The outline application, submitted to South Gloucestershire District Council by developer Ainscough Strategic Land for the development on the edge of Thornbury was the subject of an appeal. But it was cleared after planners decided that concerns about the cumulative impact of developments around the town were overstated.

The developers cut the number of homes from 180 to 130 and made a number of changes in response to South Gloucestershire Council’s public open space officer.

The suggested amendments included the re-siting of the children’s play area from the sensitive eastern part of the site to the northern area, provision of allotments in a more efficient and accessible location and queries around the size, function and maintenance of the proposed SuDS.

The planning document proposes public open space on the eastern side of the development in the form of natural and semi natural open space and allotments.  To the north of the site a children’s play area is planned, with linking pathways to the south, east and west.

Two attenuation ponds are also shown on the illustrative masterplan to the north west and south west corners of the application site. The ponds will be linked by an intervening swale which will form the basis of a sustainable drainage system.

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