The homes, which would include almost a third affordable properties, are proposed for land designated for housing development and could be delivered through a Joint Venture agreement with developers and majority site owner Olympia and Hammersmith.
The scheme, for 300 new homes including 90 affordable, will enable part of the Mayor’s commitment to build 2,000 new homes a year by 2020 and provide a welcome addition to the recognised shortage of housing in Bristol.
Several access options through Bristol City Council land are being explored and will be discussed by Cabinet next week (1 November). These include a primary access route to the north of the site (labelled no 1 on the plan) and secondary emergency access to the south west of the area (labelled no 3 on the plan). See the online Cabinet papers for a map of the proposed area.
Cllr Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Home and Communities at Bristol City Council, said:
“We are in the early stages with this project and we do have further work to finalise the access points, but this is another important step in our commitment to build 2,000 new homes a year by 2020. We will work with the local community and environmental agencies as the plans develop to agree the best possible design and we are keen to pursue opportunities to enhance the public space through the local neighbourhood partnership.
“It does mean a small section of green space will be needed for access routes to the site, but I am reassured that the green space area can be replaced nearby. We are in an incredibly challenging position when it comes to the housing shortage and I’m afraid that does mean we need to look at the big picture as we try to boost our housing stocks considerably. It's important to remember this area was set aside for housing development in the Council's Site Allocations and Development Management Policy, which was adopted following public consultation in 2014 and overwhelmingly endorsed by Full Council that July.
“We are committed to maintaining the steady momentum we are currently creating through a variety of options including new homes on sites released to housing associations and new council housing projects as well as private sector developments.”
Both of the recommended access options in the Cabinet report due for consideration are within green space. A previous Cabinet decision placed the control of such surplus green land space in the hands of the local neighbourhood partnership committees. In 2012, Brislington Neighbourhood Partnership committee resolved to not declare the land surplus to their green space requirements. However, as the development impacts two or more wards, a key decision could be taken by Cabinet to proceed with the recommended access routes.