Plans have been submitted for the first phase of a major masterplan that will see the transformation of Southmead in Bristol – one of the largest community-led regeneration projects of its kind in the UK.
Urban designers, planners and architects Nash Partnership has put forward the plans to Bristol City Council on behalf of the Southmead Regeneration Team for the redevelopment of Glencoyne Square as part of the wider Southmead Regeneration Project. The team is made up of Southmead residents and the community’s charity Southmead Development Trust.
If approved, this first phase mixed-use development will consist of 120 new one and two-bedroom homes (106 apartments and 14 duplexes) of which 85% will be affordable with a mixture of affordable rent, shared ownership and market sale or rent.
It will also include up to 1,650 sq m of space for a new purpose-built relocated health centre, a new library and space for other uses such as office, laundrette or activity space and two live/work units.
The plan aims to take the currently under-used grassed area and transform it into a new focal, community space. ‘Glencoyne Gardens’ will have improved high-quality landscaping, plenty of seating and more trees.
Lindy Morgan, Community Regeneration Team Leader at Southmead Development Trust said: “Five years ago the community had a vision to transform the centre of Southmead. The project has been led by the community every step of the way and, with guidance from our expert partners, has influenced the layout and design of the buildings as well as how it would all come together as a community space. The hard work of the community and the project team has been amazing and we have a real sense of achievement by getting to this stage and submitting a planning application.”
The proposed development is the first built phase of a much wider, ground-breaking masterplan prepared by Southmead Regeneration Team and Nash Partnership in consultation with the wider local community.
Together with Bristol City Council, and United Communities Housing Association, the Team involved the community in appointing Nash Partnership and community engagement specialists Streets Reimagined to lead the design, masterplanning and community consultation.
One of the largest community-led development projects of its kind in the country, it addresses many priorities in the 2015 Southmead Community Plan such as improving public spaces, providing much needed homes and community amenities, and will provide the momentum for the regeneration of the wider area.
Bristol City Council Mayor Marvin Rees cited the scheme as a key city development in his recent annual ‘State of the City’ address.
The wider masterplan will look to provide a mix of new uses and facilities for the community which could include a new youth centre, flexible community space such as a workspace or training facility, community café, up to 200 more new homes across the wider centre, a ‘pedestrian-priority’ area, landscaping and public amenity space.
An income from owning some of the homes will go back into areas that are important to the community as identified in the Southmead Community Plan, such as youth and community work. It will also free up other sites, allowing for more housing and other uses to generate much needed momentum for the regeneration of central Southmead.
Mike Fox, Associate Director of Urban Planning at Nash Partnership said: “The inclusive nature of the engagement process and extensive public consultation in Southmead has given us a strong footing for the first phase. Through the provision of more new homes, live-work space and a mix of new community facilities, this scheme will kick-start the regeneration of the centre and build momentum for delivering long-term change.”