Nearly 200 angry residents turned out last night to voice their objections to hundreds of homes being built on the Frenchay Hospital site.
One of the residents said it would create a carbuncle on the face of one of the prettiest villages in the country.Ex-hospital sites proved very popular in Barking and Dagenham and neighbouring boroughs, so no doubt the residents can look forward to the inevitable population boom, frantic school-building and increasing ‘diversity’ in a few years time…
Winterbourne parish councillor Carol Thorne said the consultants working for the health trust had the sole aim of maximising profits by winning approval for as many homes as they could on the 70-acre site.
Another parish councillor, Eurof Lewis, said the issue of traffic had been ignored in the planning document.
"We are already at logjam in the village as it is – building new homes is not going to make it any easier," he said.Indeed, but the infrastructure to support the increase in population is always an afterthought, isn’t it?
In fact, it’s glossed over as glibly as the question of why we should be welcoming a population boom in the first place..
Winterbourne parish councillors called the meeting to gather views about the future of the Frenchay Hospital site. Residents were urged to send in their views to South Gloucestershire Council by September 14.
After their comments have been collated, then the council will draw up a planning blueprint for the site which will give guidelines to developers on what they are likely to win planning permission for.And it’s no doubt be a formality, a box-ticking exercise, like all the others.