Town and Country Planning

Buckover Garden Village

On behalf of Tortworth Estate Company, HPP is involved in the preparation and promotion of a proposed Garden Village at Buckover near Thornbury, South Gloucestershire.

The study area comprises 191 hectares of agricultural land situated to the east of Thornbury and the west of the M5. HPP have outlined a desire to involve residents as well as parish and town councils from the outset. The objective is to build a planned settlement, which is all inclusive, addressing matters of housing, employment and all other principle components that attribute to quality design. The new village would comprise 3,000 dwellings, employment, health, community and education facilities, transportation and communication infrastructure and retail provision.

The study area, which comprises predominantly low grade agricultural land, is under the sole ownership of Tortworth Estate Company. The project is currently being promoted through the West of England Joint Spatial Plan. (WoE JSP)

There are a number of reasons establishing the suitability of the site for the development proposed which in summary are as follows;

  • Single ownership of the site which is deliverable, suitable for development and developable.
  • Tortworth Estate‚Äôs core values symmetrically align with Garden Settlement principles. There is a genuine ethos and motivation to deliver a lasting positive legacy to be proud of.
  • The site has no environmental designations.
  • The study area can accommodate a garden village without resulting in urban sprawl or coalescence.
  • Good existing transport links, which also provide the opportunity for improved public transport links, in the form of the A38, M5 and M4
  • Emerging WoE JSP identified the requirement for South Gloucestershire Council to deliver at least 24,000 homes by 2036.
  • Overwhelming Government support for new Garden Settlements.

For more information regarding this exciting project, download the Concept document.

At HPP, we believe that it is crucial to involve and work with the local communities as well as town and parish councils, from the outset. As such a meeting took place with local town councils and members of the public in June. An article relating to this meeting can be read here.

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