Even with the over 1400-unit Hengrove Park development (adjacent to the Hengrove Leisure Park site) taken into consideration, there is a pressing need for more housing in Bristol, including south Bristol, on sites that are deemed suitable for development. This includes the redevelopment of Hengrove Leisure Park, which is a draft allocation for housing in the emerging Bristol Local Plan. AEW is proposing a development of up to 350 homes suitable for a wide variety of people, 30% of which will be affordable housing in line with policy. Professional consultants are on board to assess and mitigate any potential impacts on the local area, i.e. wildlife, habitats, landscape, traffic and other aspects of the proposed development. The redevelopment of brownfield sites relieves the pressure on greenfield land on the outskirts of the city, much of which has greenbelt status and is therefore protected. The Hengrove Leisure Park site is sustainably located in an area with a good level of local amenities and facilities, which are within walking or cycling distance. The environmental assessments and proposals supporting the planning application will be available for viewing on Bristol City Council’s planning portal in due course.

Ongoing long-term changes in the leisure market have reduced the viability of the types of leisure uses at the site (bingo halls and cinemas) as a whole. The site is not within a designated ‘centre’ in local planning policy and leisure uses are therefore not protected uses in this location, which is an out-of-centre location. The approved Hengrove Park redevelopment adjacent proposes new floorspace for leisure and retail uses and these will be accessible to existing and new residents in the area.

AEW has instructed independent transport consultant AECOM to assist with the traffic and access aspects of the proposed development. The proposed development has been designed with the principles of sustainability and active travel in mind, i.e. walking and cycling. The site is in a sustainable location with many destinations within walking or cycling distance and there are several high-frequency public transport routes in the direct vicinity of the site. Walking and cycling links to Hengrove Park and to the south of the site are proposed in the planning application, which will allow future visitors and residents to travel between the site and nearby attractions without the use of a car. The transport consultants have prepared a Framework Travel Plan which will help future residents reduce the number of vehicle trips out of and into the site. Traffic surveys have been undertaken and initial results indicate that the access junction, as well as other junctions in the area will be able to accommodate the site’s traffic. The increase in traffic flow will not be significant and will not have an adverse impact on the surrounding local road network. A full transport assessment has been submitted alongside the planning application.

All relevant bodies will be consulted during the planning process. At this time, it is not anticipated that the future residents of the proposed development will cause the existing network, or facilities such as schools, GP surgeries or dentists, to  have significant capacity issues. The site benefits from a high-frequency public transport service and local roads will not reach capacity due to the proposed development.

The proposals are in line with Bristol City Council’s policy with regard to affordable housing. A minimum of 30% of the residential units will be affordable, with shared ownership opportunities and homes for affordable rent available. This provides those on the Council’s housing register with an opportunity to find a new, high quality home in a modern development. The affordable homes will be taken forward by a Registered Provider such as a housing association later in the development process.

Hengrove Playground and Hengrove Skatepark. managed by Bristol City Council (BCC), are located to the south east of the site. The site adjoins Hengrove Park to the east, a 49-hectare regeneration site owned by BCC, which was granted outline approval in February 2020 for up to 1,435 homes, along with community, employment, commercial, retail and education facilities. The Mounds’ Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) is located immediately to the south and west which can be visited on foot. In addition to The Mounds, the playpark and the skatepark, there is also significant provision of other open space within the surroundings of the site, including the approved Hengrove Park development, which will retain a significant area of the existing parkland. The scheme is formed around a central pedestrian and cycle link – a green spine – which connects Hengrove Way and the local bus network to the new neighbourhood at Hengrove Park, surrounding play facilities and adjacent green space. The proposal fits in with the wider aspirations for the neighbouring Hengrove Park development. The pedestrian links connect in to the existing and proposed footpaths and the green spine connects into the wider cycle and pedestrian network.

Car parking will be provided on plot (i.e., private driveways) for the houses and on-street bays for the proposed apartment buildings. There will not be any underground parking and all accessible homes will have a parking space. Full details of parking will be determined at the reserved matters stage. Vehicle and cycle parking will be provided in accordance with BCC’s adopted parking standards at the time of the reserved matters application(s).

Hengrove Play Park is located to the south east of the site. The Mounds’ Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) is located immediately to the south and west. There is also significant provision of other open space within the surroundings of the site, including the approved Hengrove Park development, which will retain a significant area of the existing parkland. Pedestrian access to Hengrove Play Park will be provided via an extension of the Green Spine running north-west to south-east through the proposed development. Pedestrian access to Hengrove Mounds will be provided via a footpath at the southern boundary of the development. Finally, a footpath at the eastern boundary of the site will provide pedestrian access to Hengrove Park.

The vast majority of the existing site comprises hardstanding for car parking. Throughout the development high quality existing trees and vegetation will be retained and enhanced where possible, new trees will be planted and ‘rain gardens’ (green spaces storing surface water) and green connections throughout the site will be introduced. The provision of gardens and green public space, the latter linked together through green corridors, , along with green roofs for the apartment buildings enhances the amount of greenspace and habitats on the site. The development intends to provide a net gain in biodiversity.