Bristol City Council wants to hear the views of local residents about early proposals for new homes at three sites in the city.
In line with the council’s ambitions to deliver 2,000 new homes a year in Bristol, three new sites have been proposed for housing as part of the council’s Housing Delivery Programme. The council is now seeking the views of local residents, businesses and stakeholders on its early proposals.
The three sites are:
Cameron Centre and former Police Station, Lockleaze. As part of wider plans for the regeneration of Lockleaze, early proposals for this 0.35 hectare site include new homes and ground floor uses, which could include a café or restaurant, as well as incorporating community facilities, such as a library.
Vacant site of the former New Fosseway School, Hengrove. In South Bristol, the site off New Fosseway is proposed for housing, including extra care and supported living linked to the Better Lives at Home Programme. The site could include up to 175 new homes.
Land adjacent to Knowle West Health Park, Knowle West. Included within the Knowle West Regeneration Framework, proposals for the vacant land at the health park include around 50 new housing units.
Cabinet approval to develop outline plans for the sites was secured in September 2020.
The council has launched three new interactive websites for residents, businesses and local communities to give their feedback. The council hopes that these interactive sites will enable local people to give feedback on future proposals more easily while COVID-19 restrictions on meeting in person are still in force.
The websites include interactive maps, where specific questions and areas of interest can be highlighted. The websites each have bespoke questionnaires where people can give broader views on aspirations for the sites and their local areas.
The council is also holding virtual engagement meetings in March with local groups and businesses to share more about plans for the sites and to gather feedback. Respondents can register for an engagement event by calling the team on 0117 911 4210 or completing a contact form online.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “These projects are another sign of our commitment to delivering much-needed new homes that put sustainability and inclusivity at the heart of communities across the city. We know that new homes may have an impact on existing residents, and we hope that by sharing our early proposals for these sites with local communities, and inviting their views to help shape more detailed designs, we can create the high-quality new homes Bristol needs in a way that is sensitive to the concerns and aspirations of local people.”
The new homes will be built in line with Bristol’s sustainability and carbon reduction planning policy, and designs informed by the One City Plan and the city’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, putting economic, environmental and social sustainability at the heart of the new developments.
A multi-disciplinary team is working with the council to bring forward the outline proposals, including WSP, Stride Treglown, Alder King, Participatr and Rider Levett Bucknall.
Public feedback will be used to inform more detailed designs for the three housing sites, alongside planning policy and a range of technical and design studies. It is expected that more detailed designs will be consulted on later in 2021.