New council house estate to be built near Blaise Castle

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A new council estate is set to be built on the outskirts of Bristol, in a bid to tackle the city’s “acute” housing shortage.

Bristol City Council can now start construction of 57 affordable homes in Lawrence Weston, after its own planning team approved the scheme last week.

Planning officers described the site as “scrubland” and said it had become “overgrown” since post-war council houses there were demolished in 2012.

Five separate planning applications for the development were submitted by the council in May, for separate parcels of land near Commonfield Road, Capel Road and Little Mead.

They make up about 1.3 hectares in total and used to be occupied by 34 council houses, before they were knocked down.

In their place will be 41 new houses with a mix of one, two, three and four bedrooms, as well as 16 flats with between one and two bedrooms, with parking and bike storage.

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A CGI showing what the new council houses at Commonfield in Lawrence Weston will look like
(Image: Emmett Russell/ Willmott Dixon/ Bristol City Council)

Planning documents submitted on the council’s behalf state: “We believe that the proposals represent the optimum design solution that delivers informed, well-designed development that will stand the test of time.

“It is considered that the development proposals respect the existing layout and character of the area, while enhancing the street scene through landscaping and increased vibrancy.

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“The sites have been vacant for over eight years and have been cleared, now being formed of open scrubland and contained within high-level timber boundary fencing.”

The document refers to Bristol’s “acute affordable housing need”.

Bristol City Council built 133 new council homes between 2015 and August 2019, and has plans to create more to address the demand.

It started the New Build Housing programme in 2014, using brownfield sites to provide new homes, with the aim of meeting demand for affordable housing while reducing antisocial behaviour on derelict land.

Ashton Rise was the largest development, but Lawrence Weston and land at Lockleaze are also now lined up for development.

The council worked with the local planning group Ambition Lawrence Weston to fine-tune the proposals, and appointed Emmett Russell Architects as lead designer.

Wilmott Dixon has been chosen as the main contractor to deliver the new homes.

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