Knowle West Regeneration Framework

Overview

The Knowle West Regeneration Framework is a series of proposed improvements to the area to be implemented over the next 20 years.

Knowle West in South Bristol has been identified as a key priority for investment to promote growth in this part of the city. 

The elements to successfully carry out this framework will include:

  • 2,000 new and improved homes
  • New employment opportunities
  • Better transport links
  • New shops and a supermarket
  • Improved parks and play spaces
  • Better community facilities.

The overall aims of these proposals is to provide better employment and housing opportunities for local residents, greatly improve the facilities available to the community and improve access to and from Knowle West with the rest of the city.

Spatial plan shown on the Knowle West regeneration framework plan. (pdf, 1.1 MB) (opens new window)

The regeneration area

Investment principles

Around half a billion pounds will be invested into the Knowle West area over the 20 year course of the framework.

A set of investment principles have been drawn up to meet the objectives of the framework and ensure the successful delivery of the separate projects that will make up the project.

Knowle West Regeneration Framework Investment Principles (pdf, 0.5 MB) (opens new window)

Objectives

Early objectives for the Framework included making a more sustainable, mixed and balanced community, doing this by capturing the aspirations of local people and local businesses.

In line with Mayor George Ferguson’s vision for the city of Bristol, another key objective is to build a diverse mix of housing types and tenures.

Regular consultation with the local community also led to the creation of the community vision: 13 improvements that are a key component in achieving the aims of the Knowle West Regeneration Framework.

The 13 objectives are:

  1. Income through employment
  2. Improve health and well-being
  3. Widen local choice of housing size and tenure
  4. Refurbish existing housing stock
  5. Improve and develop primary school provision
  6. Reinforce a close-knit neighbourhood
  7. Access safe, ecologically rich, open space
  8. Pride of Place
  9. Build a future-proof community
  10. Improve access to low-cost transport
  11. Public community initiatives in advance of private investment
  12. Improve arts and culture
  13. Develop play and youth facilities by planning with young people

Community vision and 13 improvements for Knowle West (pdf, 0.7 MB) (opens new window)

Key projects

Initial projects that will help to deliver the Knowle West Regeneration Framework:

Filwood Broadway

Local people have told us that they want Filwood Broadway to be their main shopping centre. In 2012, the Filwood Broadway framework was produced in conjunction with local residents.

The Framework includes plans for:

  • Better shopping and community facilities
  • Using underused sites to create more homes
  • Improved transport links to surrounding areas
  • A more vibrant, safe and attractive area as a whole.

Long-term proposals:

  • Open space: invest in landscaping and play facilities of existing triangular open space. Invest in street trees, paving, bicycle stands, street furniture, car parking along full length of Broadway.
  • Community centre: refurbish and/or build new community centre on existing site
  • Library: co-locate new library facilities with other community uses. Release site for mixed and residential development or possible school extension.
  • Public transport: when the MetroBus development is complete there will be a stop near the junction of Filwood Broadway and Creswicke Road.
  • Supermarket: create a supermarket which is big enough for residents and has enough car parking spaces. Also make it pedestrian-friendly. Bristol City Council has recently met with retail experts to receive advice on where to position a supermarket in Knowle West. The old swimming pool site on Filwood Broadway has emerged as a viable location. 
  • Shopping parade: refurbish/redevelop existing shopping parades for mixed commercial, community and residential use.

Further informarion

Filwood Broadway Framework (pdf, 7.9 MB) (opens new window)

Filwood Green Business Park

Located on an old airport hangar site on Hengrove Way, this previously disused site is now home to Filwood Green Business Park, opening in spring 2015.

The business park will be the most environmentally friendly commercial space in the South West, achieving BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) ‘Outstanding’ at design stage. This makes it a showcase development for Bristol as European Green Capital 2015 as well as a landmark for Knowle West.

The business park will become a home for enterprise, innovation and job creation in South Bristol, providing 76 units of office and workshop space for small/medium sized businesses in addition to a Workhub *.

*A workhub is a flexible workspace that offers shared facilities such as bookable desks, meeting spaces and high-speed broadband to those that own a membership. Workhubs are aimed at micro businesses, mobile workers and people that work from home and can be used as frequently or occasionally as needed by the member.

Further information

Filwood Green Business Park page

Filwood Green Business Park website

Marksbury Road college site

Construction of a new primary school on the Marksbury Road College site is soon to be complete, in time to welcome its first pupils in September 2015.

The new school will provide up to 480 much needed school places for children from the surrounding areas of Knowle West, Bedminster and Windmill Hill. 

The school will be two form entry and will accommodate pupils aged between 4 and 11 years old. It will also offer additional Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision.

Torpoint Road

71 new affordable homes have been built on a new housing site on Torpoint Road.

The site had originally been home to flat blocks which were showing signs of subsidence and disused allotment land.

The flats were demolished to make room for much needed family housing. 18 of the homes will be delivered in March 2015 and the remaining homes will be completed in phases, ending in September 2015.

Bristol City Council is providing green public space of wildflower meadows, new planting and parkland, adjacent to the housing area. This area will help to form a link between Torpoint Road to the north and Kingswear Road to the South and creating a pedestrian and cycle friendly environment linking new houses to the wider residential area.

Metro Bus

The new MetroBus routes will help to link Knowle West with the rest of the city, creating opportunities for residents.

There will be a Metro Bus stop at Inns Court and Filwood Park and the project will be delivered by 2017.

The South Bristol Link will open in winter 2016 and connect communities in the south of the city.

Further information

Travel West

Eagle House pop-up furniture factory

Located in the former youth club building, this is a project by the Knowle West Media centre to help the creation of sustainable jobs for local people, employing and training them to manufacture furniture.

They have a commission to create some of the furniture for the Filwood Green Business Park.

Further information

Pop-up factory website

Other projects

  • Land to the rear of 45 to 75 Novers Park Road: Construction of fifteen houses on this site has now been completed.
  • Mede Community Centre: Rebranded as Inns Court Centre. The council have provided additional land and the funding for the new Children’s Centre provision. The Knowle West Children’s Centre opened in January 2014.
  • Lost and Found: After support from local councillors and the Knowle West Project Board, grant funding has been secured by the Knowle West Media Centre for the local signage/way-finding project
  • Cloverdown: Construction of 28 affordable houses at the former Cloverdown Care Home on Kenmare Road. Includes four houses designated for affordable social housing. The project has been completed in March 2015.
  • Area Green Space Plan: A new children’s playground has been built on Newquay Road and is popular with local young people. 
  • Inns Court Play Area: Funding for a new play area has been allocated by the Knowle West Project Board and the consultation period has been completed. Work is due to start in June 2015 for the park to be ready for the summer holidays.

Background of Knowle West Regeneration Framework

Consultation with the local community started in September 2009 at the Knowle West Futures Conference.

This continued over the years with further workshops and consultations as well as regular meetings with the Knowle West Residents Planning Group, which carried on into July 2012.

This work has been overseen and developed by a Knowle West Project Board incorporating local Ward Members and key regeneration implementation partners.

A number of development options were put up for local consultation. Option 2, developed by local residents, was the preferred option and is the basis of the approved plan.

In May 2012, further public consultations were held before the final plan for the regeneration was published in October 2012.