Villagers facing a second housing estate in Kingswood
A SECOND and larger housing estate is being proposed in Kingswood.
Developers have earmarked land adjacent to the Chestnut Park estate in the village near Wotton-under-Edge.
Crest Nicholson hopes to build up to 65 homes to the western edge of Kingswood, outside of the settlement boundary.
The proposed land is also outside of the Area of Outstanding National Beauty.
Thirty per cent are billed as affordable housing units, to be made up of a mix of social housing and ‘help to buy’.
A public exhibition took place at Kingswood Village Hall on Tuesday, February 25, where villagers were able to view the plans, for a mix of two, three, four and five bedroom two-storey properties.
Villagers – and the Keep Kingswood a Village organisation – fought tooth and nail to halt the controversial Chestnut Park development but Taylor Wimpey’s estate got the go-ahead in November 2011.
Building work began the following September
The scale of the project was reduced from 37 homes to 27 after Stroud planners turned down the developer’s initial proposal.
During construction, there have been some complaints about lorries causing disturbances in the village. There have also been several thefts from the building site.
Chestnut Park borders the land proposed for the new homes on the north and east and Kingswood playing fields and village hall lie to the south.
Access is suggested to come from Chestnut Park.
Kingswood Parish Council is meeting on Monday, March 10 at 7.15pm to discuss the proposals.
Crest Nicholson will be in attendance to feed back on their consultation event last month, and the parish council will be giving its responses from its own survey.
The public is invited to attend and give their views on the proposal, which they can also do online at www.landoffchestnutpark.co.uk, where the plans can be viewed. For more information contact the clerk on 01453 844659.
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