Housing minister approves £375m Bristol ‘masterplan’

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A program to physique 371 homes, a schoolhouse and pupil accommodation successful Bristol has been fixed the go-ahead.

Housing curate Stuart Andrew said the benefits of affordable homes and the improvement of onshore that was falling into disrepair were beardown reasons to green-light the £375m development, dubbed the Silverthorne Lane masterplan.

A 5th of the planned homes, built crossed 4 blocks ranging from 7 to 10 storeys, volition beryllium classed arsenic affordable. The proposals besides see the improvement of a 1,600-pupil-capacity school, 2 pupil accommodation blocks for 693 students and 25,000 quadrate metres of bureau abstraction crossed 2 buildings.

The strategy covers six plots successful the Temple Meads area. Developer Square Bay, which owns the site, submitted the connection successful tandem with the University of Bristol, developers Studio Hive and Atlas Land, acquisition spot Oasis Community Learning and the Department for Education. Square Bay said the program would make 4,335 jobs implicit the adjacent 10 years.

The program needed ministerial support pursuing concerns that the projected lodging would person a heightened flood risk, and that the program could harm immoderate buildings of practice successful the area.

In his reappraisal of the proposal, Andrew resolved that “all dwellings” would beryllium supra the flood level and immoderate hazard of precocious h2o would beryllium restricted to the car park, offices and staircases.

“The caput of authorities agrees that the little lift/stairs area, if flooded, would not struggle with the quality for the existent residential areas to stay harmless arsenic a refuge country oregon supply entree to the high-level walkway and truthful connected equilibrium this would beryllium acceptable successful flood-risk information terms,” the connection said.

Concerns implicit practice centred connected a fig of listed buildings – including 1 that is Grade II-listed – immoderate of which are being redeveloped and others that would beryllium affected by the caller development. The curate agreed that the plans could represent “modest harm” to a fig of buildings, but resolved that the lodging benefits outweighed those concerns.

“The regeneration proposed, combined with the progressive restoration of immoderate of the listed buildings, would rejuvenate the tract and respire progressive beingness backmost into it, and that the retention of 10 cardinal buildings, which would beryllium apt to beryllium mislaid without progressive use, would besides beryllium a payment of the proposals,” helium said.

The green-lit masterplan joins different important projects to get the go-ahead successful caller weeks. Last month, a £200m masterplan to make 603 build-to-rent homes and 65,000 quadrate feet of bureau abstraction successful Southampton received support from the section council.

Meanwhile, plans were submitted successful February to extend the alleged Warrington Town Centre Masterplan by adding 900 further residential homes and a edifice to a regeneration strategy successful the city. That strategy is worthy £99m.