Coalpit Heath homes plan 'should be refused'

Plans to build 350 new homes at a former coal mining site in South Gloucestershire have been recommended for refusal by a planning committee.

Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes submitted a proposal for the scheme at Coalpit Heath.

The scheme included a local centre with space for shops, services, restaurants and other community space.

Local residents as well as Westerleigh Parish Council and Frampton Cotterell Parish Council objected to the plan.

Groups including the Coal Authority, South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group and the Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society raised points about historical coal mining at the site and the need for an investigation before any building work would take place.

Recommending the scheme for refusal, planning officers at South Gloucestershire Council said the scheme "fails to conserve or enhance" the landscape and rural setting of the existing residential development.

The officers said the "adverse impacts" on the local area would "significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the scheme".

Barratt Homes declined to comment.

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