The housing is laid out around a park, providing new amenities for local people including a community hub, and improving the connections between Filwood Broadway and the wider public. A crescent of paired houses fronts onto the park with a formal avenue of trees laid out in front, giving a sense of enclosure to the open space. Lawns and space for sports and other activities are located in the largest areas, with the formal crescent avenue to one side and more natural tree groups and woodland planting to the other. The plant and tree species have all been chosen to create a naturalised and biodiverse landscape, providing a beautiful setting for local people and the native ecology, including a population of slow worms. The main connections are complemented by woodland paths and a natural play area is located at the centre of the park where these connections meet, and are overlooked by the housing. A sustainable urban drainage strategy is integrated into the landscape with swales located around the crescent boundary, and a wildlife pond at the lowest point which can provide water attenuation in times of high rainfall.

Planning History

The development of Filwood Park forms part of the Knowle West Regeneration Framework developed by Bristol City Council with the HCA. The site was the subject of an intensive Enquiry by Design process with the local community and other partners which developed proposals for the park, housing and a business centre. This received outline planning consent in 2012. HTA worked with Barratt, local residents and the council to take forward the park and housing elements of the outline design for a reserved matters application which was granted consent in June 2017, and these parts of the site are now under construction. The Business Centre was the subject of a previous reserved matters application and was opened in 2016, providing flexible working spaces for small businesses.

Project Team

Architect: HTA Design LLP
Developer: Barratt Homes

Development Data

Site size (ha): 3.5
Estimated date of completion: 01/2019
Schedule of accommodation: 56 x 2 bed flats, 20 x 2 bed houses, 74 x 3 bed houses
Tenure mix: all private to fund a new park
Size of typical home: 90
Parking spaces: 259

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