Second consultation opens for Knowle West Health Park development plans

Have your say until 22 November

Main image: Aerial view of Knowle West Health Park site where there are plans for development. Picture Participatr.

A second consultation has started on plans to develop Knowle West Health Park – following residents’ concerns earlier this year about the council’s proposals to build 50 homes on the land.

The whole site is allocated within Bristol City Council’s Local Plan for community use, open space, business and housing.

View of the Health Park site with its well used green space.

An online consultation took place from March to May this year to collect community views about plans to develop 1.2 hectares of the 4.5 hectare council-owned land off Downton Road – to be taken forward by Goram Homes.

But the project was paused to “work more closely with the community” following a large number of objections including the loss of outdoor facilities which people wanted kept for public use and the effect on residents’ health and wellbeing.

A Facebook group was also formed when the plans were first revealed for local people to come together who were worried about losing the green space. Members of  Knowle West Health Park Community Group wanted to discuss the development and share their use of the health park.

The council is now “taking a step back” and wants to explore what the community “could support at the Health Park”, including housing and other types of development. The consultation also wants to find out how this development “contributes to the Health Park’s vision and purpose”.

This time, due to a lifting of COVID restrictions, there are also two opportunities for residents to have their say in person at the Healthy Living Centre on the Health Park – on Friday 15 October and Monday 18 October.

You can also view the interactive map and see what people have said so far – with 210 residents from BS4 postcode responding to the first consultation.

Interactive map used in the first consultation where people could leave comments. Image Participatr.

Of these, 94 per cent said they wanted “better quality green areas and parks”, 61 per cent “more opportunities to improve health and wellbeing” and 37 per cent wanted “activities for young people” and “better walking and cycling routes”.

This stage of the second consultation will run until 22 November. Visit www.healthparkhomes.com for more information.

You can have your say in person at the Healthy Living Centre on Friday 15 October from 12.30 – 4pm, or Monday 18 October from 3 – 7pm.

You can also complete the feedback questionnaire online.

There are paper copies of the survey at information stands in buildings at the Health Park including the Healthy Living Centre and William Budd Health Centre.

People can also request a paper copy of the consultation materials and survey questions by calling 0117 911 4210 or sending an email to hello@healthparkhomes.com