Vision unveiled for future of airfield site

Published on: 21 Mar 2014

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Owners of Filton Airfield site say new development will bring:

  •   9,000 jobs – advanced engineering positions and entry level positions for all ages
  •   Transport improvements – the space, money and business case to overhaul public transport and roads in the area
  •   Celebration of the airfield’s heritage – more access than ever before to the planes and artefacts from Bristol’s aerospace heritage
  •   Community facilities – new schools, health, retail, library and more
  •   New homes – a range of homes to suit first-time buyers through to larger families
  •   Public open space – public places to relax, take part in sport and play areas for children of all ages

Massive plans for thousands of homes, 9,000 jobs and a heritage site on Filton Airfield have been revealed by the site’s owners.
Representatives of Bridgehouse Capital, who bought the site from BAE in 2012, were invited by Filton Town Council to provide more details on their plans in the same month they ran a series of roadshows open to the public.
Describing the regeneration plans as ‘jobs led’, they said the site would be a mix of residential homes, services and schools, with a secondary and two primaries earmarked in addition to a range of employers, including high-tech jobs. The proposed aerospace centre housing Concorde would be a major feature of the site.
There would be a ‘strategic transport corridor’ through the site, opening it up to public transport and close links to Cribbs Causeway and The Mall.
Councillors were also told that key transport developments such as a Henbury Loop line were dependent on the jobs and residential potential of the airfield site.
The plans allow for a new rail station at the Filton end and a further station nearer the Brentry end.
Other key features would be a hotel complex and open space for play, with the school doubling up as a sports centre.
Around 2,700 homes would be built on the airfield, to go with more than double that number in surrounding areas.
Filton councillor Rikki Teml said there were worries about transport gridlock which was already causing big problems around rush hour.
Councillors also said they were concerned that the new development would be built in isolation from the existing communities.
There were also fears that a lot of new public transport was being proposed for the site at a time when some parts of Filton had no regular bus service.
A spokesman from Bridgehouse Capital said: “We are still getting feedback from local people, but it’s clear that the plans to celebrate heritage on the site in the form of two new museums and integrating engineering history through the site are very popular, with 95% positive feedback on this point.
“Also, local residents have said that transport improvements made possible by the development are most important point to them, followed by new jobs, new museums and more public open space to enjoy – so far 86% of those responding think that new open space, playparks, sports and leisure facilities would be improved for residents.  
The Filton Airfield scheme provides a massive opportunity for the local area in terms of jobs, housing, transport improvements and economic development.
“Over 9,000 jobs could be created on the airfield, with a strong focus on attracting aerospace engineering firms to the site.”
Further consultation will continue until planning applications are submitted and more information can be found at www.filtonairfield.co.uk

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