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Planning permission secured for canal-side development on Silverthorne Lane, Bristol

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Alder King Planning Consultants have secured a resolution to grant planning permission at virtual committee today for the comprehensive regeneration of the Silverthorne Lane site in Bristol.

The planning application proposes a comprehensive masterplan to regenerate the 4.2 hectare former industrial site, delivering a canal-side community in the heart of  the city’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

The proposals include:

  • Oasis Academy Temple Quarter – An urgently-needed new 1,600 place secondary school and sixth form funded by the Department for Education to address a shortage of secondary places in central and east Bristol
  • Office, research and learning space delivered by the University of Bristol
  • 371 new homes, including affordable housing, delivered by award-winning Bristol developer Studio Hive in partnership with Atlas Land
  • Commercial employment space delivered by Studio Hive/Atlas Land, including the restoration of a derelict Grade II listed building
  • Purpose-built student accommodation providing 690 student beds
  • New cycle and pedestrian links within areas of landscaped public open space

This will include a new canal-side walk, public space and active frontages, opening up the canal-side to the public for the first time in generations.

  • A 300% increase in trees and soft landscaping than is currently on site
  • The restoration of listed historic buildings, making them publicly accessible for the first time in years
  • Active frontages which include cafes, restaurants and shops will bring vibrancy to the currently derelict site

The development has been informed by the policies of the Bristol Central Area Plan, which seeks to regenerate Silverthorne Lane and the wider Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone with a mix of uses including residential, office and leisure.  Careful regard has also been given to the Bristol Temple Quarter Spatial Framework, which suggests a design approach for new development coming forward in the area.

Despite the complexities of the site, Alder King and the design team has worked successfully with Bristol City Council and a number of other key stakeholders including the Environment Agency to overcome the issues and produce proposals that have the support of the community.

Simon Fitton, head of planning at Alder King, commented: “This is a hugely exciting and important regeneration project for Bristol that has produced a great result for Square Bay and its development partners.

“The mix of uses proposed will put the development at the heart of the community, giving this site with a remarkable history a new future.

“It now creates the context for other sites on “Silverthorne Island” to come forward and deliver genuine change to this part of the city.”

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