New affordable eco-housing opens in Thornbury

A development offering new houses at affordable rents has been officially opened in Thornbury. The four new houses, at North East Road, have been developed by Solon Housing, which part funded the scheme along with the Homes & Communities Agency and South Gloucestershire Council which provided the land for free. Cllr Matthew Riddle, the council’s executive member for community care

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Shadow Cabinet Minister backs call to scrap RSS

Calls by South Gloucestershire’s Conservative councillors to scrap the region’s controversial planning blueprint have won the backing of a senior Conservative MP. Grant Shapps MP, the Shadow Minister for Housing, promised the district that a future Conservative government would scrap Labour’s Regional Spatial Strategy, as he visited the area this week to meet local Green Belt campaigners. His pledge comes

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Council criticises the government over RSS pressure

South Gloucestershire Council’s planning chief has criticised the government for claiming that its controversial planning blueprint should be implemented, despite the document being in ‘legal limbo’. The Council has been told by the Government that: “The RSS [Regional Spatial Strategy] has reached such an advanced stage that we [the Government] would expect it now to be given considerable weight in

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