Siston Common

Siston Common, Kingswood

Client

David Wilson Homes

Description

Planning permission was secured at appeal to build 499 new dwellings on a green field site at Siston Hill, in the Kingswood area of Bristol. The Public Inquiry was held in September 2005 after South Gloucestershire District Council’s refused Reserved Matters Applications for this scheme and a separate application for 525 dwellings on the same site. The application for 499 dwellings featured a contemporary design where as the larger scheme was a traditional design. The Inspector’s report recommended allowing both of the Appeals and found in favour of the Appellant on all the key issues which included sustainability, density, provision of open space and design. When the scheme was however referred on to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, now the Department of Communities and Local Government, the 525 dwelling traditional scheme was dismissed on design terms. The ODPM did however allow the 499 contemporary scheme, which was based on an almost identical layout to the 525 scheme but had a different range of materials and external appearance to the dwellings. The ODPM reasoning was that the traditional design was not distinctive enough for this location even though they agreed with the Inspector that in the surrounding area there was little else of particular merit.

Local Authority

South Gloucestershire Council

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