28 Sep 2017

Housing and Planning

Community invited to find out more about emerging South Bristol housing scheme

Communities in South Bristol are invited to participate in a series of engagement events this autumn as work starts to develop plans for the city’s largest housing regeneration scheme.

Work is underway to bring forward proposals for two large-scale residential development sites at Hengrove Park and Hartcliffe Campus and a newly-formed project team is keen to hear feedback from the community during the design and planning process.

A series of events running from 4 October through to May next year will give residents and businesses an opportunity to have their say and find out more information about the project.

Bristol City Council allocated £1.8m in March of this year to progress to the next stage of development securing planning consent the two sites at Hengrove Park and Hartcliffe Campus, which could deliver market and affordable homes alongside a new public park.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:

“This is a landmark regeneration project for Bristol – not only because it could make a major contribution towards our commitment to build 2,000 homes a year by 2020 and beyond, but it marks a new approach for the city in master planning.

“We are committed to developing a high quality scheme including housing and open space in partnership with the local communities.”

Consultants Aecom, LDS Architects, CSJ Planning and Avril Baker Consultancy have been appointed to work with the council on the first stage of the preferred delivery approach for the development. This involves securing outline planning consent before finding developers for key areas that can be progressed quickly. From here the council will look to become the master developer, installing the necessary infrastructure to facilitate housing delivery.

A suitable alternative new home for St Bernadette’s Rugby Club, which is based at the park, has been identified. Land near Fulford Road/Whitehouse Centre in Hartcliffe has been earmarked as a potential alternative for St Bernadette’s, which currently leases land for their clubhouse and hires pitches from the council at Hengrove Park. The next step is for the council and the club to work together to develop a planning application for the site and submit it next year.

As part of a separate phase in the South Bristol Housing Zone, planning permission has been submitted by Kier Living for a 261-home scheme at part of the Hengrove Park site. The council has now exchanged contracts and completed a development agreement with Kier Homes to deliver 183 homes, 60 social rented and 18 shared ownership homes. The development agreement ensures the first phase of the development will include 49 social rented homes.

For news and updates on the project, please visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/plansforhengrove.


Notes to editor

The consultation events will be held at Hengrove Leisure Centre, Hengrove Park, Bristol BS14 0DE. (for opening times see leisurecentre.com/hengrove-park-leisure-centre).

The event schedule:
“Meet the Team” drop-in session – Wednesday 4 October 2017 from 3pm–7pm. A standalone exhibition display will run from 4-11 October at the leisure centre.
Round 1 Public Consultation Exhibition – Thursday 2 November from 3pm–7pm and Saturday 4 November from 10am–2pm. View the early design concepts and masterplan options and give feedback.
Round 2 Public Consultation Exhibition – Thursday 7 December from 3pm–7pm and Saturday 9 December 10am–2pm. View the emerging masterplan and give feedback.
Public exhibition of outline planning applications:
Hartcliffe Campus Masterplan–Feb/March 2018
Hengrove Park Masterplan–April/May 2018

South Bristol Housing Zone – In 2015, the government announced the creation and designation of Housing Zones across the country. The purpose of a Housing Zone is to use redundant brownfield land for housing developments. We were successful in our application for the South Bristol Housing Zone. The zone is made up of seven sites in the Filwood, Hengrove, Whitchurch Park and Windmill Hill wards. There are two phases for Hengrove; phase 1 includes the 261-homes Kier Living scheme while phase 2 includes land at Hengrove Park. For more information go to: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/planning-and-building-regulations-for-business/south-bristol-housing-zone.