Sporting quarter plans finally submitted

July 01 2021
Sporting quarter plans finally submitted

An application to develop a 'sporting quarter' at Ashton Gate Stadium has now been submitted to Bristol City Council.

The proposals for the new development - which would include a 4,000-seater sports and convention centre - were originally unveiled by Ashton Gate in September 2018.

But following public feedback, some of the plans have been modified, such as the tallest building has now been reduced by five storeys.

The arena will accommodate the Bristol Flyers basketball team and will be the centrepiece of the sporting quarter development.

The sporting quarter plans also include a multi-storey car park, hotel, gym, residential buildings, office space and an improved 'fan village'.

Linked to the sporting quarter is a 510-home housing development called Longmoor Village which would sit between Silbury Road, David Lloyd Leisure Centre, the Cala trading estate, the Long Ashton Park and Ride and the metrobus link.

The outline planning application for the site has been submitted to both Bristol City and North Somerset councils.

Ashton Gate chairman, Martin Griffiths, says that "it has been a long road to get to this point" and has thanked the public for the feedback and comments provided.

He said: “Based on the feedback received we have made significant improvements to the Sporting Quarter scheme.

"The tallest building has now been reduced by five storeys; community facilities have been increased with sports, fitness and well-being facilities added on the roof of the Sports and Convention Centre, plus the northern entrance (near Ashton Road) has been totally pedestrianised for non-matchdays.

“The linked proposals of the Sporting Quarter and Longmoor developments offer significant regeneration benefits. The highway and transport improvements, the delivery of much needed jobs, the critical need for additional housing and the economic growth that will come from building a world-class sporting and entertainment quarter here in South Bristol.”

He added: “I would like to stress that the southern field next to the [Longmoor Village] site will remain green and will not be built on. We will be working with councillors, residents and local wildlife organisations to enhance this space for the benefit of the wildlife and the community.

“It means that the Longmoor development will capture a biodiversity net gain with increased protection for habitats and fauna as well as improved connections for pedestrians and cyclists.”

It is anticipated that a decision over the Sporting Quarter plans will be made before the end of the year, when the application goes to the council's planning committee. 

If approved, construction would commence in 2022 with a view to complete the development by 2025.

For more information about the sporting quarter development, visit: scc.ashtongatestadium.co.uk and Longmoor Village development, visit: www.longmoorvillage.com