Bristol University recently won a legal battle against North Somerset Council that will allow the university to sell off a large tract of its land to housing developers.
The land is in the Long Ashton area, to the south of Bristol. Up to 1,000 new homes are planned for the 70 hectare site, which will help meet expected demand for housing in the coming years.
The news has dismayed some, including many in North Somerset Council.
It is thought that this outcome could pave the way for other tracts of land to be developed in the local area. Some areas between Bristol and Keynsham are thought to be at the top of the developers’ wish list.
As the economy starts to show signs of recovery, the population of Bristol is expected to rise significantly over the next decade – by up to 120,000.
While North Somerset Council has acted against the Long Ashton proposals, it nevertheless has a target of 16,000 new homes to build. South Gloucestershire must build 23,355, Bath and North East Somerset 11,000 and Bristol 23,500.
North Somerset Council’s deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees commented: “We will continue to promote our strategy of jobs-led growth in North Somerset while protecting the green belt from the threat of urban sprawl.”
However and wherever the new homes are built, they will provide much needed accommodation for local people, as well as create opportunities for property developers.
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