Plans land for Airport Road housing development
The planning application covers demolition of existing structures and development of 173 dwellings (Use Class C3) together with provision of public open space, play areas and landscaping, cycle parking and car parking provision, and associated infrastructure works
by Marcus Stone
Housing developers BoKlok have now submitted full planning proposals for the Airport Road site that they are developing in partnership with Bristol City Council. This is part of Bristol’s Housing Festival, which aims to encourage innovative solutions to housing needs.
BoKlok UK Ltd is jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA and describes itself as ‘the sustainable, quality and low-cost home provider’. It is understood that the new homes would be partly constructed off-site and then assembled on-site.
The planning application covers demolition of existing structures and development of 173 dwellings (Use Class C3) together with provision of public open space, play areas and landscaping, cycle parking and car parking provision, and associated infrastructure works, including construction of a bridge over Brislington Brook, use of the existing access off Airport Road, and two new accesses off Salcombe Road and Ilminster Avenue. BoKlok would be looking to connect Ilminster Avenue to Airport Road, by getting rid of the cul-de-sac, which has raised planning objections from locals fearing an increase in through traffic and risk to children.
Despite concerns over any new development, the plans for Airport Road have been fairly well received by some locals who see the need for lower-cost housing.
Gary Hopkins, Lib Dem councillor (Knowle) and Bristol Lib Dem party leader, said: “The plans do not look that bad, although I do have some concerns over placement of bus stops and access roads.
“Local people do need affordable housing that they can purchase as a home of their own. It may even be that new housing helps locally, such as boosting trade for the shops on Newquay Road.”
However, Michele Tedder, Knowle Neighbourhood Planning Group, said: “Is this the right sort of development for this site, and does it meet the needs of the community who are likely to live here? Certainly it is an innovative building concept, there is a mix of accommodation for families, smaller households and downsizers, play areas, attention to local environmental issues (Brislington Brook runs through the site), and the developers appear receptive to the management and maintenance challenges that such a site provides. With the recent announcement of an ‘Ecological Crisis’, careful attention is needed to address the impact of this development.
“I think that in South Bristol the impact of development also needs to focus on many other issues – transport, employment opportunities, retail and leisure facilities, as well as primary health care and educational provision. This all needs to accompany housing development for a healthy, inclusive and well-balanced community.”
As South Bristol Voice went to print there had been only five formal full objections to the planning application.