Have your say on improvements in Knowle West

Have your say on improvements in Knowle West

People in and around Knowle West and Filwood are being asked to help shape the future of the area and have their say on a number of potential developments that could increase the amount of affordable housing and improve the local high street.

5 January 2022

Bristol City Council are consulting on plans for housing at two local sites.

These developments are among several sites in South Bristol proposed for development by the council to help meet the demand for more affordable housing across the city. 

New affordable housing

Plans for the Filwood Broadway site include 30 affordable new homes and some community and commercial space on the site of the former cinema.

In December 2019 a first round of public consultation was held on the draft design options and feedback from the community and key stakeholders has helped shape these latest design proposals.

Since then, the council housing team has also been working with a variety of community groups about the proposals for the former cinema site.

This second round of consultation will run for four weeks from Wednesday 5 January.

To take part, visit the Bristol City Council consultation website.

Feedback will help inform the final design which will be submitted for planning after the consultation closes. 

The council will also be asking for further feedback on plans for affordable homes on a small site located at Marshall Walk at the corner of Inns Court Avenue, in Knowle West.

This project will showcase high quality, sustainable apartments, and is part of a wider scheme to use new methods of house building to improve the speed, cost and social value of new housing built in the city.

Initial consultation was carried out on this development in Spring last year, and that feedback was used to prepare more detailed designs, which will be available to view in the next couple of months.

Both developments also contain measures to ensure the properties are more energy efficient and contribute to the council’s response to the climate emergency.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said:

“This is an exciting time for Knowle West, and we want the local community to be a big part of shaping the plans for improvements to the area.

“New proposals for a housing development would deliver much needed affordable homes, while also making sure these properties are more energy efficient and contribute to our response to the climate emergency.

“We recognise the scale of development taking place in the area and the concerns of residents regarding the cinema and other local facilities. But we have funding to help improve the High Street and we want local residents to help us decide the best way to spend this.

"We will continue to engage with the community of Knowle West and would encourage anyone who lives or works in the area to take part in some of these engagement activities, as there is a real chance to make your mark on your local neighbourhood.”

High street improvements

On Saturday January 22 there will be a workshop for local people to get involved in the redesign of the public space of Filwood Broadway. This will include changes to the street, spaces and play area.

The council has funding to undertake major works to improve the high street. The locally-led Filwood Broadway Working Group has secured funding to work with the community to agree what changes should be made to the public space, and the reCREATE FILWOOD workshop will be led by Create Streets.

For more information and to book a place at the workshop visit the Bristol City Council website.

Filwood Broadway is also one of the shopping areas that will benefit from £4.725 million of funding to help the city centre and high streets recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To make sure that the grants and improvements match the challenges facing each high street, the economic development team at the council have been out and about in the community, listening to ideas and suggestions from businesses, residents and visitors.

They will be using the information to develop action plans for the area, which will be shared for feedback online during the week beginning January 10. They will be conducting more surveys, focus groups and engagement activity in January and February to gather more details on the priorities identified to date.

A consultation has also just closed on plans for an £8.4m Youth Zone in south Bristol.

Youth Zones are a network of affordable, high quality spaces with world class facilities, specially designed for children and young people aged 8-19, or up to 25 for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

You can find out more about the proposals.

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