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ST PHILIPS MARSH: Bristol suburb set for major makeover

ST PHILIPS MARSH: Bristol suburb set for major makeover

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One of Bristol’s most industrial suburbs is set for a major makeover.

New neighbourhoods with a mix of housing and employment spaces will spring up in St Philip’s Marsh over the next 25 years if the local authority’s vision comes to fruition.

New bridges over the Feeder Canal and River Avon will connect the ‘island’ of land to surrounding communities, and nature will make a return with a new riverside park for people to enjoy.

Bristol City Council’s broad vision for St Philip’s Marsh is laid out in a document published earlier this month, which also sets out more detailed plans for the Temple Quarter area of the city.

The council is planning to hold a public consultation on an emerging development framework for both areas this summer.

The regeneration project, covering 130ha of land, much of it industrial, is one of the largest in the UK.

The plans for Temple Quarter include widely publicised proposals to refurbish Bristol Temple Meads, a raft of developments at Temple Island and Temple Gate, and a number of others at Silverthorne Lane.

But the plans for St Philip’s Marsh are at a “much, much” earlier stage, according to the council’s cabinet member for planning and design, Nicola Beech.

Speaking at a meeting of the ruling Labour administration, which received an update on the project on Tuesday (March 9), Cllr Beech said: “We’re just starting on that journey really to work with the businesses and surrounding communities to talk to them about how we manage that transition.

“We do want to actually encourage a whole range of employment and jobs opportunities across that area.

“We do want to see more city centre living, and so that opportunity for sustainable neighbourhoods…and bringing nature back into this space.”

She said the council would like to “unlock” parts of the River Avon in St Philip’s Marsh so that people can enjoy that space again.

It would also like to improve opportunities for people in East or South East Bristol to walk, cycle or bus to Temple Meads, Cllr Beech said.

“We can see there’s all these really great opportunities to join up parts of the city so that they’ve got a new Temple Meads station that works for them and also works for people visiting.

“We’re going to go into detailed public consultation that will run all the way through 2021.

“We’re already taking to businesses on the ground and also local interest groups and residents to make sure their voices are heard.”

St Philip’s Marsh requires flood defences to protect residents and businesses from future flooding events, and this is incorporated into the vision.

The vision document says the area’s proximity to the University of Bristol’s planned new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus will “nurture a creative and knowledge-based economy of small and medium sized businesses”.

“New waterside green infrastructure with inbuilt flood defences will be integrated into an area with a mix of uses, including housing and commercial, alongside quality open spaces and pedestrian and cycle routes, helping to bring more greenery and nature into this urban environment,” it says.

The emerging development framework for Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh was jointly commissioned by the council, Network Rail, Homes England and the West of England Combined Authority (Weca).

The four partners have bid for £95.8million of government funding for the first phase of regeneration around Bristol Temple Meads to improve station entrances and the surrounding area.

Overall, the regeneration programme is expected to create 10,000 new homes, 22,000 new jobs, and inject £1.6billion per year into the regional economy from 2041.

The council received £2million from Weca in 2018 to put towards feasibility and planning work, and won a £32million bid from the combined authority in October 2020 to fund enabling works to open up and prepare the Temple Island site.

Words: Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporter


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