Concerns remain over Morton Way development in Thornbury
6:01pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
MINOR changes to the appearance and layout of a housing estate at Morton Way have prompted criticism from dissatisfied Thornbury leaders.
Bloor Homes slightly altered its plans for 300 homes to the north of town but these small modifications did not best please town councillors who found the proposals still very much lacking as they failed to address many of their previous objections or concerns.
The amendments include design upgrades and variations to the layout of the first phase of the development, in line with the firm's new 2013 housing concept.
But the lack of play areas in the first stage of construction, something the council had demanded, was slammed by town chiefs.
Cllr Clive Parkinson said : "They have concentrated on small parts of the development and again there is no play equipment. In reality our objections had no effect. We need to raise this issue. They seem to have just updated their design for houses from Bloor Homes 2011 to Bloor Homes 2013."
His colleague Cllr Neil Halsall added: "You should not plonk houses down on one side and put play equipment on the other side of Morton Way."
The decision to "pepperpot' affordable homes throughout the site and failure to plan for a footpath across Morton Way was also a major concern.
The town council said it was imperative that Bloor Homes provide a safe footpath for residents to access the town centre, schools and health centre, as an alternative to crossing potentially busy 40mph roads.
Cllr Halsall added: "We need a safe way for people of all ages of getting across Morton Way. It needs to be safe for adults and children."
A majority of town councillors strongly objected to plans for a housing development at Morton Way, favouring instead building at Park Farm. But following a U-turn, a government inspector instructed South Gloucestershire Council to increase the pace of development in the region and find new available sites.
Morton Way was earmarked for housing this year.
Bloor Homes was not available for comment.
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