Public engagement at the heart of the UK’s largest regeneration project: Enterprise-Zone

04 Mar 2021

Housing and Planning

Public engagement at the heart of the UK’s largest regeneration project

A new vision for the future of Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh has been unveiled, with sustainable homes, jobs, and a refurbished Bristol Temple Meads station at its heart. 

The transformation of Bristol Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh is one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects. The revival of 130 hectares of brownfield land over the next 25 years is expected to create up to 10,000 new homes, 22,000 jobs and bring £1.6 billion to the city economy each year.

Ambitions for the area are set out in a new document – Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh: A Vision for the Future.

Proposals for the Temple Quarter development, centred on the refurbishment of Bristol Temple Meads station, include mixed-use residential-led developments at Temple Gate and Temple Island; the University of Bristol’s Enterprise Campus; and multiple development sites including around Silverthorne Island and Cattle Market Road.

At St Philip’s Marsh, the plans for which are at an early stage, the aspiration is to create a series of sustainable mixed-use neighbourhoods that carefully integrate jobs and a mix of employment opportunities with residential areas. All of which will be linked with their surrounding east Bristol communities and within walking distance of the station.

Developments will be based on the guiding principles of creativity and high-tech innovation, sustainable neighbourhoods, and green infrastructure, including inbuilt flood defences along the Avon Greenway and Feeder Canal. 

New developments will feature easier walking and cycling and local amenities. By creating a mix of uses for the area, the council hopes to create jobs and a day-night economy that shares the benefits with new and existing communities in and around the area.

The ambitions set out in the vision document give an overview of the proposals being considered for the area in an emerging Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh Development Framework.

The Framework, commissioned jointly by Bristol City Council, Network Rail, Homes England and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), will set out the combined aspirations and objectives of the partners through evidence-based proposals for the future development of the area.

The council is developing a plan for detailed public and business engagement, to run over the next 12 months. The council will speak directly to local communities, businesses and interest groups to ensure their voices are heard, and will use their feedback to inform and shape the development of proposals for Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh as the Development Framework is written.1

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “We know that Temple Quarter and St Philip’s will experience significant change in the coming years as the city grows, but this will only be successful if we work with residents and businesses in the area. We’re looking forward to working with the local community and using their views and ideas to help us make the most of this opportunity.”

“We want the area to become a blueprint for city regeneration that is done in the right way, by meeting the needs of our growing city, as well as those of local people, businesses and the environment. This transformative project will help us to tackle the challenges posed by climate change, the housing crisis, and a changing employment landscape head-on.

West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “Temple Quarter will be a gateway to our region that showcases the very best of the West of England. Our ambitious plans will see innovative businesses creating decent, well-paid jobs, homes where people want to live and great transport links in a new, sustainable neighbourhood.

“This is an enormous regeneration project with so much potential, and that is why I am so pleased that the Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership have been able to provide around £60m of funding to progress it to this point. Working with partners and the local community, I want to see this project become a catalyst; creating a new contemporary space for the city and wider West of England area, which will leave a lasting, positive legacy for generations to come.”

Gordon More, Interim Chief Executive of Homes England, said: “We’re committed to working with our partners to support the delivery of an ambitious, people-focused vision for Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh.”

“The development of a sustainable, inclusive new city quarter for Bristol is a once in a generation chance to create neighbourhoods that meet and adapt to the needs of residents and businesses.”

Mike Gallop, Wales & Western Interim Managing Director, Network Rail, said: “We are delighted to be working with our partners on this significant regeneration project and Bristol Temple Meads station is at the heart of this vision.

“Our plans to develop the station will support future growth by providing a brighter and more welcoming environment, enabling an increase in the number of trains able to run through the station and providing a gateway directly into the Temple Quarter area.

“This is an exciting time for Bristol and the wider West of England as the railway undergoes a major transformation and represents a major investment in sustainable transport in the region.”