More time to have a say

SOUTH Gloucestershire Council has extended the deadline for people to have their say on the blueprint for the future of the district.

The council opened the latest phase of consultations on its local plan, which will guide how and where development takes place over the 15 years from 2025 to 2040, in December.

It says it needs to find sites for 9,260 new homes, at least 7,813 of which will need to be built on greenfield sites.

The areas proposed for possible development include a field in Mangotsfield owned by developers Taylor Wimpey, where an application for 180 homes was rejected in 2009.

The site appears on a map of potential development sites on the council’s ’emerging preferred strategy’, earmarked for 195 homes, along with a site off Pomphrey Hill where 65 homers could be built.

A further 1,480 new homes east of the Avon Ring Road at Shortwood, with land north of the M4 near Lyde Green put forward as a site for 800 homes.

A series of meetings have been held across the district during January to give people more information about what is proposed.

The council has extended the deadline for comments on the Local Plan from February 7 to February 16.

Full details have been published online at, where people can fill in a consultation survey.

People who are not online can call the council on 01454 868009.

A group has been set up to oppose the plans to build on Green Belt sites between Shortwood and Warmley.

Save Our Green Spaces South Gloucestershire has set up a petition on the council’s website for people opposed to the plans for Siston parish, which can be found at