Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Save Our Green Spaces vs South Gloucestershire Council

Protesters: Save Our Green Spaces
Target: South Gloucestershire Council
Location: Longwell Green
Date: 3 July

The Lowdown

Hundreds of protesters marched across green-belt land that could be used for new homes, after handing in 850 protest letters to council leaders.

Why the protests?

Developers have submitted a scheme to build 83 houses on the land at Williams Close, Longwell Green. Developers ATA (Longwell Green) submitted a scheme for a mixture of two, three and four-bed houses on the site, of which 29 will be affordable homes. The developers claim there is a significant shortfall of new housing in South Gloucestershire, which has to be made up in coming years. But those opposed to the loss of the predominantly agricultural site are fighting the application.

How did the council respond?

The council has not provided a response so far, although prospective Conservative MP for Kingswood Chris Skidmore, with local councillors John Calway and Christine Price, have launched a petition to stop inappropriate development on the green-belt land.

How did the media cover it?

The Bristol Evening Post covered the story in depth, with quotes from Skidmore, who commented: 'The scale of the protest was fantastic.' The story also reported that the council has cross-party agreement to build 21,500 homes by 2026 and to protect the green belt.

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