Core Strategy - Consultation Draft

Comment ID 3111681/CSCD/2
Document Section Core Strategy - Consultation Draft Chapter 5: SW Bristol Urban Extension Main Master Plan (Full RSS Requirement) View all on this section
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Response Date 18 Mar 2010
From Bristol's perspective this is clearly the most important aspect of the Core Strategy. Notwithstanding this Council's shared opposition to development in the Green Belt, this is an opportunity to set out the Council's position on the key objectives that must be met by a South West Bristol Urban Extension, should the development be included in a final adopted RSS.
The final paragraph of Chapter 5: South West Bristol Urban Extension, poses a number of questions on the type of place to be created and its function. In direct response to these questions, the council's position is as follows:

The first question concerns the type of place and whether it should be a suburb or a more self-contained locally distinctive place. The Council concurs with the RSS that the urban extension should be a sustainable community, fully integrated into the existing urban area. By definition, it would be an 'extension' to Bristol and there is no reason why, as a new part or 'suburb' of Bristol, it should not be 'distinctive' while also being integrated as opposed to self-contained.

The second question concerns the level of employment provision. As an extension to Bristol, the provision of employment land should be considered in that context and in particular the needs of South Bristol to aid its regeneration. The current related work being done to facilitate negotiations with the agents for the 'Ashton Park' proposals should be used to inform this issue.

The third question concerns the relationship with existing communities. From the Council's perspective, the extension should be physically integrated, providing access to employment, other services and facilities to existing Bristol residents. In turn, residents of the urban extension should be encouraged to use and support services and facilities in South Bristol rather than duplicate provision. Social interaction should be promoted between residents of the new extension and Bristol to foster 'bridging social capital'.

The above also responds to the fourth question concerning severance within the community.

The final question concerns the appropriate level of density for housing. The RSS and the Council's Core strategy both promote use of an average density figure of 50 dwellings per hectare and this standard should also be used for the urban extension. This level of density will better support public transport, community and retail facilities, encourage more active travel (by bicycle and on foot) to these facilities and would take-up less land. The final two sentences of Paragraph 5.27 are misleading by referring to 'city centre densities'. These would of course be far higher than 50 dwellings per hectare - in Bristol's case they are typically 150 dph.

In addition to the above, the Council would like to take this opportunity to set out what the key objectives for a South West Bristol Urban Extension should be if the development is included in an adopted Regional Spatial Strategy. These are considered to be the following (several of these points are implicit in the responses to questions above):

- To ensure that the urban extension is complementary to South Bristol regeneration with appropriate phasing of development agreed
- To achieve close integration with the Bristol urban area in terms of physical proximity, transport links and services
- To adopt a built form which is sufficiently concentrated to provide a good range of local services/public infrastructure, without reliance on car borne travel, embracing the sustainability objectives of both the Regional Spatial Strategy and the BCC Core Strategy. To this end an overall minimum density figure of 50 dph should be achieved.
- To meet some of the needs within the Bristol urban area where these cannot be accommodated within the existing built up area, such as employment land provision, as evidenced by the Bristol Employment Land Study and the WoE draft report: "Meeting Targets for Employment Land and Growth - A Sub-Regional Assessment".
- To ensure that the quantum of retail development is proportionate to the size of the new community and not result in significant diversion of trade from existing and possible new centres within South Bristol. (The findings of the South Bristol Retail and Centres Study should provide robust advice on this issue.)
- To include provision for the Bus Rapid Transit to the City Centre and the South Bristol Link
- Maximise use of existing and proposed transport infrastructure, particularly public transport