Second consultation on new housing development for Kingswear Road

Main image: A visualisation of an aerial view of the site. Picture courtesy of Bristol City Council.

A second consultation has just been launched for local people to have their say on plans for a new residential development on Knowle West’s Kingswear Road.

The site is located on a hilltop above the Northern Slopes, with spectacular views of the city, which is currently housing van dwellers during the pandemic.

Kingswear Road in Knowle West which looks over the Northern Slopes and the city.

The proposed development will provide 34 new council homes which are 100 per cent affordable – for both shared ownership and social rent. 

These will be a mix of two and three bed terraced houses and one and two bed apartments within a low-rise apartment block – arranged around a central green space.

Visualisation of the development showing three-bed terraced housing. Image Bristol City Council.

The site was previously occupied by flats that were demolished in 2011 – and is one of several in South Bristol being brought forward by the council to help meet the demand for more housing across the city.

The location of the site in the surrounding area. Image Bristol City Council.

The council says the landscape area will be managed to “encourage biodiversity and improvement of grassland.”

Vehicle access to the development will be from Glyn Vale and there will be 36 car parking spaces on site – with a further eight spaces at the junction with Glyn Vale, as well as secure cycle storage spaces.

The existing footpaths will be kept in their present locations and “upgraded to improve pedestrian access.”

Artist’s impression of the site. Image Bristol City Council.

The first consultation took place during December 2019 and January 2020 with information boards within the community – including at Filwood Community Centre and Knowle West Media Centre: https://www.knowlewest.co.uk/have-your-say-on-new-housing-in-the-area/

Bristol City Council says on its website that in developing the latest proposal, “the design and planning team has sought to address key feedback” given during last public consultations, along with “responses from council officers and key stakeholders.”

Now further feedback from people who live and work in the area will help inform the final scheme – to be submitted for planning in February 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all consultation is now online and there will be no site visit.

The consultation runs from 18 January to 1 February. To have your say and view the plans visit the Bristol City Council website.

For details of other developments in Filwood visit https://www.bristol.gov.uk/housing/filwood-housing-developments

The Northern Slopes Initiative (NSI) – a group of volunteers who manage the nature reserve – is discussing the plans at its open meeting this Thursday (21 January) to form a response.

To take part in the NSI meeting and receive a Zoom link email enquiries@northern-slopes-initiative.co.uk