Major commercial development planned on old nursery site

The old greenhouses would be demolished

There is a planning application to demolish the greenhouses at the old nursery site at Brewery Hill in Upton Cheyney and build 111 “workspace units”.

Parking provision for 357 vehicles and 222 cycles is included in Upton Cheyney Land’s bid to South Gloucestershire Council for outline planning permission.

The vacant site is in the Green Belt and measures just under 16 acres. Some years back planning consent was granted for a tomato factory with warehouse/offices at the site which is close to the A431 Bath Road which runs through Bitton.

The current planning application is to demolish the existing buildings on the site and create 13,350sq m of commercial buildings (flexible Use Class E/B2/B8).

Concrete blocks currently prevent unauthorised access to the site

Class E covers commercial, business and service. Class B2 is general industrial use and Class B8 relates to storage and distribution.

Specifically the proposed 111 workspace units would have a floor area of 8,790sq m and be occupied by new and existing small businesses with limited numbers of staff.

A transport report submitted with the application says the development would not harm either the capacity or safety of the local road network.

The plans include widening the section of Brewery Hill between the junction with the A431 Bath Road and the site access to six metres, adding kerbing to define the extent of the bellmouth at the site access junction, and a two-metre-wide footway connection to Bath Road and local bus stops.

The units are forecast to attract 1,080 daily (between 7am and 7pm) two-way vehicular trips at an average of circa 88 movements per hour.

A site-wide travel plan would encourage employees to travel by sustainable modes of transport with an emphasis on car share.

Some trees on the site would be lost and there are plans for a landscaping scheme including replacement trees and shrubs. The site has also been identified as having the invasive weed Japanese Knotweed which needs to be tackled.

The planning reference is P23/02551/O.