Development could provide major public park for North Somerset
PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 August 2018
A new public park could be created in North Somerset if plans for three villages at The Vale are given the green light.
Taylor Wimpey has proposed a ‘major’ park, nearly half the size of Ashton Court, in the development it is keen to build on greenbelt land near Barrow Gurney and Long Ashton.
It would be the second largest park in North Somerset at 360 acres – which is equivalent to 206 football pitches.
The area would include formal parkland, open countryside and extensive new playing fields and leisure facilities for a wide range of sports.
Taylor Wimpey’s project director Gareth Hawke said: “We all know there is a corrosive housing shortage, but – when new communities are being designed and built – it is also vital that there is plenty of green, open space.
“This has a direct impact on the quality of life for all residents.
“The Vale is the perfect opportunity to build up to 4,500 much-needed new homes, while setting aside the same amount of land for new parkland and open space.
“The new park at The Vale would be one of the region’s largest parks. It will help create a beautiful environment and will be at the heart of this community.
“This land is currently almost entirely closed off to the public, but The Vale will open most of it up for the wider community – both existing and new - to share and enjoy.”
The proposed development, which covers 720 acres, would comprise three distinct villages, each connected and surrounded by parkland.
Following feedback, Taylor Wimpey has positioned the villages and open spaces to minimise impact on sensitive views across the site and ensure a ‘naturalistic’ green gap remains between the new homes and Long Ashton.
The Vale would provide 4,500 new properties, including 1,800 affordable homes, for North Somerset along with schools and a healthcare centre.
The land includes an underused golf-course, a former land-fill site and is crossed by a number of main roads and a railway line.
North Somerset Council has excluded The Vale from the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) as it is on greenbelt land, but Taylor Wimpey believes The Vale is in the most sustainable location as it is close to jobs and infrastructure.