Campaigners hoping to stop a care home being built on a Thornbury woodland have been boosted by the news a new ecological survey will take place.

Ben Burton, South Gloucestershire Council's cabinet member for corporate resources, said he has requested a further ecological survey of the site which will be taken into consideration before any decision is taken.

Cllr Burton was responding to a question from Cllr Maggie Tyrrell (Lib Dem, Thornbury) at a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council's cabinet today (January 13).

Cllr Tyrrell is one of a number of councillors and campaigners aiming to save the woodland.

A petition entitled Save Vilner Lane Wood has been signed by more than 650 people.

Thornbury Neighbourhood Development Plan group has asked that the land is officially designated as green space.

A decision to sell the land was made back in 2014, with proposals made last year to amend the existing approval to sell direct to a developer looking to build a care home.

Cllr Burton said at the time there would be a 'significant gap in the financing of key projects' were the decision to be reversed.