The local community was invited to the Cleve Park Community Planning Day to help create a Vision for a sustainable new neighbourhood in Thornbury and how it relates with the town.
In order to meet local housing need, South Gloucestershire Council needs to identify more sites in sustainable locations which can be developed for housing. Cleve Park can accommodate some of this growth. As well as creating a new neighbourhood of up to 350 homes, including self-build plots and bungalows, there are also opportunities to provide significant open spaces and community uses, enhance biodiversity between the areas of woodland, and invest in the local infrastructure.
Welbeck Strategic and Landform Estates are promoting the site and have appointed JTP as masterplanners and to work with the local community to develop a Vision for the new neighbourhood and its relationship with Thornbury.
The Community Planning Day
The Community Planning Day was an opportunity to share local knowledge and contribute to planning the new neighbourhood through workshops and hands-on planning groups. There was also an exhibition providing details of the site, its characteristics and its context.
Participation was on a drop-in basis with no need to pre-register. Participants were able to stay for a short while, a few hours or for the whole event if they were able to. Team members were on hand to answer questions.
Special presentation on self-build housing
Self-build, or custom build as it is also known, can be defined as new build housing where someone directly organises the design and construction of their new home. At Cleve Park, there is potential for serviced self-build plots to be available for purchase, with the buyers having the freedom to design and construct their own property.
At the Community Planning Weekend, a special lunchtime presentation by the National Custom and Self-Build Association’s Chairman, Michael Holmes, was an opportunity to learn and ask questions about how self-build housing works.
Next steps & Report Back
Following the Community Planning Day, the JTP led team analysed and summarised the outcomes to draw up a conceptual masterplan for the new neighbourhood at Cleve Park. This was presented back to the local community at 6.30pm on Wednesday 17 February at Armstrong Hall, Chapel Street, Thornbury BS35 2BJ.
Report Back presentation [Part 1]
Report Back presentation [Part 2]
Report Back broadsheet