Approval given to revised plans for Filton Airfield

Published on: 22 Nov 2017

Councillors on South Gloucestershire Council’s have approved revised plans for a 2,675 home development, along with employment land, infrastructure and transport facilities on the former site of Filton Airfield.

The original planning application was previously considered in June 2015, when outline planning permission was granted, subject to signing a Section 106 agreement.

Former owners BAE Systems sold the site to Malaysian developers YTL, who own Wessex Water, in 2015.

There had been suggestions that the development could include a 30-storey building but this has been shelved. This amended application included the same amount of development as previously approved, but with revised plans including a new ‘Destination Park’ that links heritage sites in the area, details for a new town centre which connects employment and residential areas, and a relocated railway station.

Cllr Trevor Jones, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s DC West Committee, said: “This development is one of the biggest in the area for over a decade and will provide much needed housing for local people.

“As well as delivering high quality homes, employment, retail and leisure facilities, an important element are the transport connections. These facilities are key to ensuring people are well connected to the area’s key employment and education hubs.”

As well as the 2,675 residential units (which include houses, flats and a residential Extra Care facility), the application included 24 hectares of employment land, a rail station, community centre, three schools, doctors surgery, sports facilities, open spaces, shops, restaurants and a hotel.

Revised plans approved for airfield

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