PLANS to build a new two-way cycle route between Alveston and Thornbury have been submitted.

A planning application has been put forward to install a new cycleway and footpath through fields from the B4061 Alveston Hill to Thornbury Leisure Centre.

Proposals - which were submitted by South Gloucestershire Council - also include adding three separate rest areas along the route with seating as well as two new ponds.

In their application, the council described the current state of Alveston Hill as "narrow", "steep" and "substandard" which discourages cycling and walking.

They say their proposed 712 metre route is "safe" and "convenient" and would instead help cut congestion and encourage cycling and walking.

If approved, it is hoped that the route would also encourage students from the nearby Marlwood School to cycle or walk to school.

It is understood, however, the proposals do not include lighting along the route due to 'bat foraging'.

Gazette Series: An artist's impression of the proposed scheme looking north towards ThornburyAn artist's impression of the proposed scheme looking north towards Thornbury (Image: South Gloucestershire Council)

So far the application has received 19 comments of support and seven objections.

A spokesperson from Alveston Parish Council objected to the scheme, stating that there was "insufficient information" for their planning committee to make a decision.

Meanwhile, other residents have expressed concerns about drainage and flooding risks.

Some residents have also questioned whether the route would be safe for cyclists and flat enough for wheelchair users.

The scheme forms part of the Alveston Hill Cycleway project, which is also part of a larger plan to improve the A38 and A4174.

The Alveston Hill project as a whole - including the on-road section - is expected to cost £4.2 million, with funding coming from the government via the West of England Combined Authority.

It is understood that the funds allocated can only be used for new transport infrastructure, not for bus services or pothole repairs.

Gazette Series: Route of the proposed 712 metre path between Alveston and ThornburyRoute of the proposed 712 metre path between Alveston and Thornbury (Image: South Gloucestershire Council)

Gazette Series: A map of the proposed scheme which hopes to connect Alveston and ThornburyA map of the proposed scheme which hopes to connect Alveston and Thornbury (Image: South Gloucestershire Council)

One comment from the application reads: "As a cyclist and driver who regularly uses this route I support the application.

"However, I am confused as to what plans there are for the steepest part of Thornbury Hill where cyclists are most vulnerable and the road and footpath are narrower."

Another commenter said: "This is a good scheme which is long overdue.

"It's just a shame it did not happen years ago as Thornbury has always been a difficult place to cycle out of."

A SGC spokesperson said: "We've submitted a planning application for a new off-road greenway, including a two-way cycle track with segregated footpath along Alveston Hill to provide a walking, wheeling and cycling route between Thornbury and Alveston.

"Schemes like this bring many practical, health and environmental benefits by reducing the number of cars on local roads, improving air quality, and supporting active and healthy lifestyles.

"The greenway would also connect with our proposals on the B4061 Alveston Hill/Thornbury Road, and provide an alternative route for the school children who are driven to school."

You can view the application quoting P23/03491/R3F or see here -