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The public inquiry into a new access-road across Charlton Common in South Gloucestershire opened yesterday (9 April) and was immediately adjourned. The room at the BAWA Club, Filton, was overflowing with objectors from Southmead, Brentry and Henbury, who had not been consulted about the plans and who were angry at what was proposed.
The inspector, Mrs Helen Slade, has adjourned the inquiry until November. The application from Redrow Homes is for a 6.4-metre-wide road with a three-metre-wide pedestrian/cycle lane in connection with adjoining development. Because the road is across common land, Redrow Homes need consent from the Planning Inspectorate, under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006, as well as planning permission.
The society is one of the objectors. Our local correspondent, Chris Bloor, attended the inquiry.
Says Chris: ‘We are delighted that so many objectors attended and that the inquiry has been adjourned. It shows Redrow Homes that this is not a walk-over and that it should have consulted local residents. It was also good to see the local MP Charlotte Leslie supporting the protestors.
‘Charlton Common is a special and much-loved open space, and local people really care about it. But Redrow foolishly failed to consult the people of Southmead and Brentry and has now felt the backlash.’