New Bristol housing estate announced at former New Fosseway School

Plans have been unveiled to build 154 new homes on land once home to a South Bristol school.

Following local consultation earlier this year, Bristol City Council has published its proposal for a disused site off New Fosseway Road in Hengrove.

The authority is considering plans to build 68 apartments and 86 houses there, as well as additional extra care accommodation and “new space for community uses”.

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The plot was formerly home to New Fosseway School, before it moved to a new building at the Bridge Learning Campus in Hartcliffe in 2009.

A public consultation has launched on the council’s website seeking feedback on the proposal, advising that the council is “bringing forward plans to transform the former school site”.

Comments will help to shape an outline planning application, which the authority intends to submit later this year.

During initial local consultation carried out earlier this year, residents raised some concerns about road congestion, privacy of nearby neighbours, the impact on community infrastructure, and the need for activities for people in different age groups.

The council’s dedicated website for the project states: “We understand that new homes need community infrastructure to be delivered alongside them in order to meet local needs, and the added value of engaging local residents and stakeholders in shaping the development from the outset.

“That’s why we set out to listen to the community from the beginning of the process, so you can help us understand what this site needs to deliver to make a positive contribution to the local area.”

The land sits in a residential area between Wells Road and Oasis Academy John Williams, with the main road access set to be provided via New Fosseway Road.

The site had already been earmarked for about 170 new homes in the Bristol Local Plan, but more details of the potential redevelopment have now been revealed.

Building heights

Responding to concerns about privacy, the council’s statement continues: “The concept plan proposes that the tallest building proposed for the site (four storeys) will be placed furthest away (to the west) from existing residential properties.

“Those parts of the site that are nearest to existing residential properties will be predominantly two storeys in height, with gardens, landscaping and open space in between to establish separation distances and safeguard the amenity of existing and future residents.”

Proposals include at least one car parking space provided per new home, and there will be a new walking and cycling link through the site from Petherton Road through to New Fosseway Road, with the potential for the Petherton Road access to accommodate a second vehicular access road.

New tree and hedgerow planting, and “significant retention of existing green infrastructure”, is also mentioned on the consultation site, as well as the “potential for public transport improvements”.

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The authority has appointed a team of architects, town and transport planners, public engagement specialists and commercial advisers to bring forward the plans.

It will have a say over how many of the proposed new homes will be affordable, what kind of new homes should be built and who delivers the proposals.

To comment on the plans for New Fosseway Road, visit the website before the consultation deadline of September 12.

Opinions can also be fed back via hello@plansfornewfossewayroad.com or by calling 0117 911 4210.

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