Renewed efforts to prevent building on The Batch

CAMPAIGNERS are urging people to put in fresh objections to proposals from housebuilders Redrow for fields at The Batch in Hanham.

The developers have come up with revised plans to develop the site, south of Hencliffe Way, which is in the Green Belt.

Hanham and District Green Belt Conservation Group and Hanham Say No to Redrow group say that although the new plans – now for 140 homes – are not significantly different from the originals, people should tell the council again that they oppose them.

They say the application is a speculative one. The land is in the Green Belt and there are no exceptional circumstances that would mean Parliament could remove it. The campaigners say the site is close to ancient woodland and development would wreck the landscape.

They are also concerned about the pressure more new homes in Hanham would put on services including GP provision, schools and roads.

South Gloucestershire Council received about 800 objections to Redrow’s scheme, which has not yet gone before a planning committee for a decision.

The campaigners say that the developers were given many months by the council to amend their proposals but opponents have only three weeks to comment on them.

Responses need to be made on the council’s planning website by March 8. The reference is P23/01330/O.