PBA has been engaged in the promotion of strategic land for an urban extension to south-west Bristol since 2005.
We first acted for SLP in guiding land assembly and continued with LandTrust promoting the site through the South West Regional Spatial Strategy process and then the North Somerset and Bristol Core Strategies to try to secure a robust planning position within the development plan process.
In parallel with this, we provided planning, transport, engineering and environmental advice in the development of a masterplan and technical assessments to support the submission of a planning application (2009) for 9,500 dwellings, up to six schools, 60,000sqm of commercial space, 13,000sqm of retail space and associated infrastructure required to create a major new part of the city.
The change in national government in 2009 led to the abolition of Regional Spatial Strategies and a shift towards the localism agenda. This had the effect of stalling the development opportunity as housing growth and delivery became focussed on local rather regional plan led solutions. Roll forward to 2012 and the land was acquired by Taylor Wimpey.
We have since been appointed to provide multi-disciplinary services to support the promotion of the site through the emerging West of England Joint Spatial Plan. This process will consider the long-term development needs of the area and identify the strategic scale, location and form of the provision to be made for housing and employment land across the functional area. The process will be supported by transport and infrastructure studies to provide a clear direction on the investment requirements and priorities to support growth as part of the wider devolution agenda.
Whilst the overall scale of the development being considered this time is less than the previous planning application the need to provide innovative technical solutions to unlock the value of the land and deliver a meaningful contribution to the local housing and infrastructure agenda remain. A planning application for the development is anticipated in 2017.