Bristol City Council’s Development Control Committee approved plans for a mixed-use development at Hengrove Park, off Whitchurch Lane, which will include new homes, a new public park and investment into local community, business and education facilities.
At least a third of the 1,435 new homes permitted to be built at Hengrove Park will be affordable, in line with the council’s affordable housing policy, and will include a mixture of homes for social housing and shared ownership.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is a really exciting step towards building one of Bristol’s largest housing developments in decades. It demonstrates our commitment to addressing one of the city’s most pressing and urgent priorities – making sure enough affordable homes are being built.
“It’s also enormously positive for existing residents and businesses in south Bristol, because as well as delivering well designed, high quality new housing with a mix of affordable and market sale homes, the development will include significant investment into the local community.”
Local play facilities are planned for the new park, making it comparable to other ‘destination parks’ such as Ashton Court and Blaise Castle Estate. A new office space, similar to Engine Shed 2 near Temple Meads, will be created on the development, and City of Bristol Skills Academy and Perry Court Primary School will be expanded. New sports pitches and a pavilion are also planned. The council will now work with Sport England to address their objection and agree the detailed design and specification of the sports facilities.
Since the original planning application was considered and turned down in February 2019, the council has run a series of consultation events to give residents, businesses and the Hengrove and Whitchurch Park Neighbourhood Planning Forum an opportunity to have their say.
The views and feedback gathered helped to inform the revised masterplan and outline planning application, which has now been approved subject to conditions. Significant changes made to the plans included reducing the overall number of houses and apartments, increasing the size of the park and public space to more than half the size of the development, improving community and sports facilities, and improving walking, cycling and bus routes.
For more information about the development at Hengrove Park, please visit the council’s website.