Plans submitted for Bristol Arena development

A full planning application for the long-delayed Bristol Arena concert venue has been submitted to the city's council alongside an outline application for the mixed-use redevelopment of the surrounding area.

An artist's impression of the finished scheme
An artist's impression of the finished scheme

The full application is for the construction of 12,000-capacity indoor arena with related landscaping and infrastructure at the former Diesel Depot site, adjacent to the city’s main railway station and within its enterprise zone.

The outline application is for up to 19,000 square metres of mixed-use development on the wider Arena Island site comprising retail, offices, leisure, residential use, a hotel and student accommodation.

The outline application does not give details on the number of residential units to be included in the scheme but an affordable housing statement said that the final development could include 80 one and two-bed flats.

Plans for the music venue were axed in 2007 over cost concerns. The revival of the scheme was a key plank of Bristol mayor George Ferguson’s election campaign.

Commenting on the submission of the applications, he said: "The submission of the planning application is another significant step towards the delivery of this vitally important cultural venue for our city region.

"The consultation has demonstrated the strong support that exists for the arena, with some reservations regarding access and transport connections that we have listened to carefully, resulting in a number of changes being made to the plans.

"This includes further consideration of traffic and parking management and an improvement of pedestrian and cycle access from arena 3 Lamps Junction to the arena site, something that local residents were particularly keen to achieve."

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