Plans expand for “new city district” at Bristol airfield

Grant Prior 2 months ago
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Malaysian firm YTL Developments has been granted planning by South Gloucestershire Council for a revised masterplan for its Brabazon scheme being built on the historic former Filton Airfield.

The “new city district” will now contain over 6,000 new homes of every type and tenure alongside three million square feet of commercial space.

The plans are based on a flexible framework so that development is phased alongside improved transport links. Three reviews stages are built into the approval to ensure that the number of homes built at Brabazon can only increase in line with the additional transport connections and community facilities needed to support those homes.

Plans also include three new schools and a higher education or research campus alongside creative office spaces, laboratories and advanced manufacturing facilities.

Brabazon will also offer 86 acres of public space and at its heart will be the new YTL Arena Bristol, with a capacity of over 17,000.

A new rail station will connect the neighbourhood to Bristol Temple Meads in less than 15 minutes.

Seb Loyn, Planning & Development Director for YTL Developments, said: “The approval of the new Masterplan for Brabazon is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. It will transform not just North Bristol and South Gloucestershire, but the entirety of the West of England.

“The region desperately needs more homes. Brabazon will deliver 6,500, with over 1,700 being affordable.

“Local businesses need space to grow and expand: Brabazon will provide over 3 million square feet of commercial space. That means that the local cluster of world-leading engineering, aerospace and technology firms can provide new opportunities for young talent.

“But if we are to tackle the climate crisis, we need to build more sustainable homes in the right places. Brabazon is on brownfield land along existing public transport corridors. Maximising its potential will ease pressure on the greenbelt.

“This decision paves the way for YTL Developments to build the new homes, offices, schools and community facilities we all need, and to do so in a way that is environmentally and economically sustainable.”

Councillor Chris Willmore, Cabinet member responsible for planning at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “We have been working positively with YTL Developments and National Highways to ensure the right infrastructure will be in place.

“As well as delivering 6,500 high quality homes, 1,724 of these will be affordable homes for social rent and shared ownership, and there will be office and industrial floor space, which in conjunction with the construction work has the potential to create over 30,000 jobs.”

Work at Brabazon currently includes The Hangar District first phase of 300 new homes which is due to complete before the end of 2024.

Properties in the second phase are under construction, with the first homes due to complete in 2025 alongside the primary road network.

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