The site is around 7 hectares and is accessed via Hengrove Way. It currently comprises a number of buildings, including a bingo hall, cinema and two food and beverage facilities, as well as a car park. A number of these businesses have been struggling in recent years because of wider changes in customer behaviour in the leisure and retail markets and some had to close due to viability issues.
The site is well-located with amenities nearby. Hengrove Play Park and Skate Park are located to the south-east. The site adjoins ‘Hengrove Park’, a 49-hectare regeneration site owned by Bristol City Council, which was granted outline planning permission in February 2020 for up to 1,435 new homes as well as community and employment facilities. It is also in close proximity to a number of retail and leisure facilities, including Hengrove Leisure Centre, located 300m to the south of the site, which has a gym, sports hall and swimming pool. The upcoming Hengrove Park development will also feature a new community building, alongside new shops, restaurants and community spaces, just 200m from the site.
The site currently has a Draft Allocation for residential-led redevelopment in the emerging Bristol Local Plan and our plans for 30% affordable housing are policy compliant. Meanwhile, the Hengrove and Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan, adopted in March 2019, includes the 2017 Hengrove Masterplan, which identified the site as having “potential for future improvements/ developable areas, access, gateway and mixing of uses.”
We will be submitting an outline application to establish the masterplan principles for the future development of the site. Subject to outline approval, we will submit reserved matters applications, which will seek approval for the detailed designs before construction begins.