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Chance to comment on revised housing plans for Leinster Avenue/Novers Road site

New plans now 100 per cent affordable following resident feedback

Residents are being urged to have their say on Bristol City Council’s revised plans for 71 new homes in Knowle West – on land between Leinster Avenue and Novers Road.

The site lies adjacent KnowleDGE school – where a new post-16 centre is also being built.

Vehicle access for residents to the development will be from Novers Road, with the Leinster Road access for the school and Knowle West Children’s Centre only.

Entrance to the site from Leinster Avenue.

Many residents attended and commented on the previous plans at consultations in December 2019 – held at Filwood Community Centre and Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC).

Residents viewing the plans at KWMC in December 2019.

Concerns about the designs included loss of green space and trees and current houses being overlooked by the new builds.

Since then the plans have been revised – including making sure the development is now 100 per cent affordable – with a mix of shared ownership and social rent properties. 

Other key changes include:

• The two storey mews houses backing onto Camberley Road have been replaced with single storey wheelchair accessible bungalows – to reduce overlooking and provide much needed accessible housing. 

• The apartment building to the west has been replaced with terraced housing and moved to the south overlooking public open space. There is less overlooking of existing dwellings – as the new building faces the flank wall of the neighbouring houses. 

• The mews street has been redesigned to avoid an existing hornbeam tree in a back garden and create a more generous zone in front of the houses, improving defensible space for the occupants. 

• The four-bedroom three storey house at the Novers Road site entrance has been re-positioned to the south east side of the site to provide variety to this streetscape. 

•More new street trees have been added to the site. 

•The rear elevations of the apartment buildings have been provided with angled bay windows to direct views away from existing back gardens. 

• Parking at the turning head has been re-designed, resulting in one less space than before. 

• Timber porches to the houses have been replaced with patterned brick to provide a more robust, lower maintenance solution and give the houses a distinct identity. 

•Electric vehicle charging points have been added to 20 per cent of the parking bays – with provision for further charging points in the future. A new substation has been included to allow for the increased electrical load. ​ 

To view the plans see: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/documents/20182/3914218/Leinster+Avenue+housing+development+plans.pdf/faad5632-65d8-1e72-cd1d-ee6068bef001

You can make comments directly to the planning committee here.