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2.5bn development plan for city

Plans for a massive 2.5bn housing development in south Bristol have been unveiled in the city.

The scheme would see 10,000 new homes across Bristol and North Somerset in a new estate called Ashton Park.

It would include seven schools, community areas, high-speed bus routes into the city centre and an estimated 7,000 new jobs.

Developers said they would learn from previous errors and ensure a proper infrastructure was in place.

Spokesman John Baker said: "In this case we'll put public transport in so that people can get used to using it as the best way to get into Bristol.

"We'll put in the shops and the schools and this kind of thing at the beginning rather than wait 15 or 20 years for them to come."

But some people are objecting to the loss of Green Belt land in the area.

Chris Pope of The Dundry Residents' Action Group told BBC News: "It's not Nimbyism, it's about protecting the Green Belt for future generations and we believe we have a responsibility to do that."

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