Landscape is central to the design. The site is bisected by the Green Lane, a 20m-wide street that connects the local green space of Elderberry Walk to the rest of Southmead. This space works hard, combining wildlife swales and informal children’s play with a narrow shared-surface track providing vehicle access to the houses. Within Elderberry Walk itself, new paths and improved habitats within ancient hedgerows encourage use by people and wildlife. An area of young trees planted by schoolchildren in the 1970s is retained to form a semi-wild woodland glade. Larger areas of shared landscape are positioned around the apartment buildings: a triangle bounded by the rear gardens of the largest block forms a community garden and shallow swale basin.
All ground floor apartments and houses have private gardens; the larger houses line the existing streets and their front gardens mirror those of the 1940s semi-detached houses opposite.

Planning History

The site was allocated to housing in the 2014 Local Plan.
Following a positive review by the Bristol Urban Design Forum in March 2016, a preapplication
meeting was held in April. An application for detailed planning for the
site was submitted in September and a resolution to grant (subject to section 106
agreements) received in December.

Project Team

Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Developer: Hab Housing Ltd.
Planning Authority: Bristol

Development Data

Site size (ha):2.73
Estimated date of completion:06/01/2019
Schedule of accommodation:4 2x1 - bed flats , 4 1x2 - bed flats , 4 4x2 - bed houses , 2 6x3 - bed houses , 8 4 - bed houses Market sale
Tenure mix:Market sale 42% PRS (by HA) 25% Shared Ownership 7% Affordable Rent (by HA) 26%
Size of typical home:82
Parking spaces:195

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