Revised plans for 2,675-home Concorde airfield scheme approved

Plans for a major mixed-use development, including 2,675 homes, have been approved at the 141-hectare former Filton Airfield site on Bristol's northern fringe.

Filton Airfield: large-scale housing plan approved
Filton Airfield: large-scale housing plan approved

The scheme, approved by South Gloucestershire Council’s development control west committee last week in line with officers’ advice, includes plans for 2,675 homes, a residential extra care facility, 24 hectares of employment land, a railway station, a community centre, three schools, a doctors’ surgery, sports facilities, open spaces, shops, restaurants and a hotel.

The application for the Filton site, where the Concorde supersonic jet was developed in the 1960s and 1970s, was submitted in April on behalf of YTL Land & Property, a subsidiary of the Malaysian-owned YTL Corporation.

A previous application for the same quantum of development was granted outline permission in June 2015, subject to completion of a section 106 agreement.

The amended application approved last week includes revised plans for a "destination park" running the length of the former runway to link the airfield’s aviation heritage sites, a new town centre and a relocated railway station.

The Filton scheme forms part of plans in South Gloucestershire’s core strategy for 5,700 new homes in a sustainable new neighbourhood at Cribbs-Patchway, for which a development framework was adopted as supplementary planning guidance in May 2014.

In a planning report, South Gloucestershire planners advised members that the idea of establishing a new town centre to complement the nearby Cribbs Causeway out-of-town retail centre is "more strongly featured" in the revised outline application for the Filton scheme.

Their committee report also suggests that inclusion of a tall building up to 125 metres high "will play a key role in urban orientation and wayfinding for the site".

Under the revised plans, the proposed MetroWest railway station will be brought into the new town centre, closer to the majority of the planned growth across the new neighbourhood. "This change is intended to help more people choose rail transport over other modes in order to help to make the district a more sustainable place and to encourage modal shift in travel patterns," the committee report says.

Committee chair Trevor Jones said: "This development is one of the biggest in the area for over a decade and will provide much needed housing for local people. As well as delivering high-quality homes, employment, retail and leisure facilities, transport connections are an important element. These facilities are key to ensuring people are well connected to the area’s key employment and education hubs."

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