Community feedback sought on plans for 157 homes on Novers Hill

Briefing event on 20 July and consultation ends on 3 August

Main image: The proposed scheme for the Novers Hill site. Picture courtesy of Lovell Homes.

Residents have from today until 3 August to give feedback on proposals to build 157 new homes at Novers Hill.

The site, on the Western Slopes, forms one part of the land allocated by Bristol City Council for housing in its Local Development Plan. The Slopes are an area of meadowland full of a variety of wildlife which stretch from Novers Hill down to Hartcliffe Way.

Lovell Homes is proposing to build mainly two-storey houses with two, three and four bedrooms. There would also be four, three-storey apartment buildings providing one and two-bedroomed apartments. Some 47 of these new homes (30 per cent) would be affordable.

Aerial view showing the site’s location and boundary. Picture courtesy of Lovell Homes.

The developer says a green corridor, which runs through the central area of the site, would be “protected and enhanced” and the new homes would be built on either side of it.

Currently this part of Novers Hill to the north is privately-owned with no public access. Lovell says the proposal would open the site up to the public, with a path planned through the green corridor, as well as a new ‘natural’ play area for the whole community.

Image of what the ‘natural’ play area for the site would look like. Picture courtesy of Lovell Homes.

The company wants to retain the existing hedgerow along Novers Hill, which acts as a natural screen. But this means the road cannot be widened – so Lovell plans to make it one-way.

It would build a new three-metre-wide path for pedestrians and cyclists on the other side of the hedgerow through the site and says the new path “would provide a safe, well-lit route alongside Novers Hill.”

The developer has proposed to have “sufficient onsite parking for all new resident and visitor vehicles.” All homes with garages or driveways would have electric vehicle charging points, and the flats would share these facilities. 

Lovell Homes says it is legally required to remove the Japanese Knotweed from two areas of the green corridor to prevent further spreading.

This means “it must move the wildlife currently within this area – and relocate it within another part of the site, to minimise disturbance.” Bat corridors (with low-level lighting) would be retained to protect their commuting routes and flight paths. 

To meet the council’s target of increasing biodiversity on all development sites by ten per cent – Lovell is proposing a series of measures including “additional tree planting, and other biodiversity improvements at other local public spaces in the neighbourhood.”

There are a number of industrial businesses to the north of the site – so Lovell says it has designed the development to ensure that the noise from these businesses does not lead to problems for those businesses or the new residents.

Most of the building work would be undertaken by local sub-contractors. Lovell Homes would run a series of ‘meet the buyer’ events to give local tradespeople a chance to secure those contracts.

The housebuilder would also recruit a number of apprentices – and ask its subcontractors to also support the apprenticeship scheme.

Anyone wishing to comment on the proposals – or to register for a community briefing event on July 20, 6.30pm – can do so by visiting www.novershillconsultation.co.uk, emailing info@novershillconsultation.co.uk or calling 0800 193 9403.

Plans are due to be submitted in mid August – and local residents will still be able to comment on the council planning portal.