As well as providing much-needed housing in a sustainable location, Longmoor Village is the financial enabler for the Sporting Quarter and is critical to delivering the overall vision.
There are 13,000 people on Bristol’s housing list and more than 500 in temporary accommodation, costing the city £3m a year. Bristol’s population has risen by 38,000 in the last five years with around 9,000 houses built in the same period. The average price is now eleven times that of the average income. In the UK, 44% of 20-34 year olds were living with their parents in 2018, the highest proportion since 1926. Marvin Rees said in his city address 2020, that having a home is the single biggest determinant of life outcomes.
Longmoor Village is currently surrounded by the Cala Trading Estate, David Lloyd Leisure Centre and the metrobus route meaning it was included in the draft local plan by Bristol City Council in 2019. The nearby metrobus stop, excellent cycle and pedestrian paths to local amenities and easy access to the A370 mean the location is well connected and highly sustainable.
2, 3 and 4-bedroom units in a high quality urban village environment
The proposals do not include any development south of the metrobus route
We aim to submit the planning application in early 2021 and appoint a delivery partner soon after the anticipated grant of planning permission later in 2021. Exact timings will depend on numerous things including the planning process however we hope work can begin in 2022 and have the first houses ready for occupation in 2023.
Yes and there are other examples of building residential developments on former landfill sites. We have undertaken additional testing which indicates that the site is suitable for residential development. Further testing will be ongoing to identify any issues with measures put in place to ensure these are appropriately dealt with for residential use. Our data will be submitted to Bristol City Council and relevant agencies.
Public Right of Way BCC/207/10 will continue to connect Ashton Vale with Long Ashton Park & Ride. It may need to be slightly altered to align with the new scheme but the route will remain. The new alignment will be agreed at reserve matters stage when the detail of the site layout will be formalised.
Enhancing pedestrian and cycle accessibility to and permeability through the site is a fundamental feature of the scheme which will make it much easier to use this route.
With the m2 metrobus and number 24 bus routes both running very close by and heading to the city centre, public transport will be the easiest way for residents to get into the city centre, especially at peak times. The site also provides high quality pedestrian and cycle access to Winterstoke Road and North Street. This makes the site highly sustainable in transport terms
Our transport consultants are currently undertaking detailed modelling to understand exactly how many vehicles are expected to arrive and depart Longmoor Village and at what times. Access will be provided onto the B3128 between David Lloyd Leisure Centre and the Long Ashton Park and Ride – from there vehicles can either turn towards Brunel Way or the new South Bristol Link Road.
The development will comply with current Bristol City Council policy.
At the moment the site is designated as Green Belt but Bristol City Council’s draft local plan published in 2019 recommended it for removal as the nature of the site was fundamentally changed by the introduction of the metroBus m2 line which would form the new Green Belt boundary. The draft Local Plan also proposed to allocate the land for residential development, for approximately 500 homes. Justification for development on Green Belt (very special circumstances) will be made within the planning submission documents.
The site was previously granted planning permission for a new stadium with extensive ancillary commercial buildings and car parking for 1,000 cars, in 2009, however the club decided to redevelop Ashton Gate instead. The proposed development is therefore of far lower density than this previously consented scheme.
The field to the south of the metrobus will not be built on and is protected by Town and Village Green status.
It is anticipated that some limited space in the emerging scheme will be available for commercial and community uses. The detail of this will be developed at a later stage.
The site will have a mixture of residential units available including some flats. However, most units will be 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses.
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