Deadline is 2 November
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Residents have until 2 November to have their say on a planning application submitted by Lovell Partnerships to build 157 new homes on Novers Hill.
The nature-rich area of meadows and woodland is known as the Western Slopes – and stretches from Novers Hill down to Hartcliffe Way.
It is a Site of Nature Conservation and has been called “a vital wildlife corridor” by Avon Wildlife Trust which has come out on the side of local people who are against the plans.
The proposed housing will be on part of the land allocated by Bristol City Council for development in its Local Development Plan. This is next to the industrial estate and is privately owned.
Campaign group Friends of the Western Slopes has criticised the proposals and is calling for the whole allocated site to be removed from the local plan – and retained as green space.
They are worried about the destruction of the locality and wildlife and would like the area to become a nature reserve.
But Lovell says as well as the new homes, of which 47 would be affordable, the application includes 1.92 hectares (19,200 square metres) of green space – the size of over two and a half football pitches.
The developer says there are 15,000 people on the housing waiting list in Bristol, with only 2,000 homes becoming available each year.
To have your say visit https://pa.bristol.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple and search for ‘Novers Hill’.
Friends of the Western Slopes Facebook Group is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2560966744207814/