Renewed efforts to prevent building on The Batch 

HUNDREDS more objections have been made to proposals from housebuilders Redrow for fields at The Batch in Hanham.

The developers came up with revised plans earlier this year  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 urged opponents to act, even though the plans – now for 140 homes – are not significantly different from the originals,  submitted last year.

 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 original scheme, which has not yet gone before a planning committee for a decision. 

As the Voice went to print, a total of 1452 objections to the proposals. Most of the comments were similar to those made on the original application, with particular concerns expressed about the threat to the abundant wildlife on the fields.

The application reference is P23/01330/O.