Development company YTL Developments is launching a consultation on the Brabazon site at Filton, Bristol – where The site already has planning permission – granted in 2018 – to transform this historic local landmark into a new urban community.
Under the existing consent, YTL Developments, which also owns Wessex Water, the Avonmouth-based GENeco waste to energy and the Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel, would build 2,675 new homes, 62 acres of commercial space to support 10,000 new jobs and new community facilities including three new schools, a library, doctor’s surgery and sports facilities, all surrounded by landscaped public squares and parkland.
In 2020, the company also received consent to reimagine the iconic Brabazon Hangars – where every UK Concorde was built – into a supersonic 17,000 capacity arena for Bristol.
Seb Loyn, Planning & Development Director for YTL Developments said: “In Bristol and South Gloucestershire we face a housing crisis, and the region needs to build over 100,000 homes in the next 10 years to meet demand.
“We also face a climate crisis, so it is not enough just to build homes: we must build them in the right places. That means on brownfield land along existing transport corridors, rather than on green fields in out-of-town locations.
“And we have the opportunity to build back better following Covid-19, creating the space, the connectivity and the opportunity for local businesses across the region to drive prosperity for the next generation.
“Brabazon is perfectly placed to help Bristol and the wider region tackle the challenges we all face.”
YTL Developments intends to submit an updated Masterplan application for Brabazon in February 2022.
The proposals include plans for the largest new urban public park in the South West for 50 years. At 15 acres – equivalent in size to Castle Park – Brabazon Park will redefine quality public open space. Based around a three-acre lake, it will feature walking routes, water gardens, exercise areas and children’s playgrounds, criss-crossed by wildlife corridors planted with native species.
Brabazon is at the heart of a world-leading cluster of aerospace, engineering and technology companies. North Bristol’s top 25 employers alone have more than 45,000 staff within a few miles of Brabazon, mostly working in high-skilled roles.
But now there is almost no space for them to grow.
Brabazon already has consent for enough commercial space to support 10,000 jobs. The revised proposals include space to support up to 30,000 jobs.
The West of England region needs to build more than 100,000 new homes in the next 10 years to meet demand. Yet at the current approved density, Brabazon – the largest brownfield site in the South West – would feel like a suburban rather than an urban location.
Brabazon is a constituent part of the Cribbs-Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN), which will deliver 5,700 new homes across North Bristol. Under CPNN, the land occupied by Patchway Trading Estate was earmarked for 1,000 new homes. However, that project is no longer expected to go ahead. The revised Masterplan for Brabazon seeks to transfer those 1,000 homes to Brabazon, increasing its allocation to 3,675 homes, without increasing the total number of homes being built in North Bristol.
The revised plans will also include a flexible framework to allow the number of homes built at Brabazon to increase in stages beyond 3,675 up to a maximum of 6,500 should the frequency and capacity of public transport services and active travel routes (e.g. cycle paths) increase sufficiently to accommodate additional homes.
To be more sustainable, Brabazon is designed to be a 15-minute neighbourhood where every daily essential – from shopping, schools to leisure activities – is a short walk or cycle ride away. Under the existing planning consent, more than £100m is being invested in new infrastructure, designed to encourage public transport usage and minimise the need for private cars.
To date, 95 per cent of new houses at Brabazon have been A-rated on their energy performance certificates (EPCs), thanks to features like solar panels, electric car-charging points and the latest Siemens appliances, as well as insulation that is 10% more efficient than regulations require. Nationally, only 2% of new homes currently reach the ‘A’ rating standard.
Seb Loyn, Planning & Development Director for YTL Developments, added: “Brabazon is the largest brownfield site in the South West at a time when our region’s Green Belt is under unprecedented pressure.
“It is located less than five miles from the city centre, close to major employers like Airbus and Rolls-Royce at the heart of North Bristol’s high-skilled commercial cluster.
“It sits on major public transport corridors, including the M1 MetroBus route and Concorde Way cycle path. The new train service, connecting to Bristol Temple Meads in less than 15 minutes, is due to be operating in 2023.
“Nowhere in the West of England is better placed than Brabazon to build the new homes, offices, schools and community facilities we need, and to do so in a way that is environmentally and economically sustainable.
“Our revised masterplan will ensure Brabazon can do more to help the region tackle the housing shortage and climate change.
“By putting the right framework in place now, we can evolve the plans for Brabazon as future demand dictates. The revised planning application will also ensure we can only build at the same pace as new infrastructure and transport connections come forward.’