Plans have been submitted for the first phase of a ‘masterplan’ that will see the transformation of Southmead in Bristol.
Urban designers, planners, and architects Nash Partnership have put forward the plans to Bristol city council on behalf of the Southmead Regeneration Team for the redevelopment of Glencoyne Square, as part of the wider Southmead Regeneration Project.
The team is made up of Southmead residents and the community’s charity, Southmead Development Trust.
As reported by 24housing, in his final address before the mayoral elections, Marvin Rees outlined his achievements of his first term in office – including Rees’s assertion the council is on track to build an average of 2,000 homes a year by 2020 including 800 affordable.
He also cited the scheme as a key city development in his recent annual State of the City address.
If approved, this first phase development will consist of 120 new one and two-bedroom homes of which 85% are said to be affordable, with a mixture of affordable rent, shared ownership, and market sale or rent.
Lindy Morgan, community regeneration team leader at Southmead Development Trust, said: “Five years ago the community had a vision to transform the centre of Southmead.
“The project has been led by the community every step of the way and, with guidance from our expert partners, has influenced the layout and design of the buildings as well as how it would all come together as a community space.
“The hard work of the community and the project team has been amazing, and we have a real sense of achievement by getting to this stage and submitting a planning application.”
Together with Bristol city council, and United Communities Housing Association, the Team involved the community in appointing Nash Partnership and community engagement specialists Streets Reimagined to lead the design, masterplanning, and community consultation.
Proposals also set to addresses many ‘priorities’ in the 2015 Southmead Community Plan such as improving public spaces, providing homes and community amenities, and the momentum for the regeneration of the wider area.
Today (22nd October) also marks Bristol Housing Festival’s Enabling Housing Innovation for Inclusive Growth conference – set to showcase key learning points from a range of industry experts to enable housing innovation in the UK for inclusive growth.
Mike Fox, associate director of urban planning at Nash Partnership, added: “The inclusive nature of the engagement process and extensive public consultation in Southmead has given us a strong footing for the first phase.
“Through the provision of more new homes, live-work space, and a mix of new community facilities, this scheme will kick-start the regeneration of the centre and build momentum for delivering long-term change.”