Silverthorne Lane development confirmed for planning committee
28th July 2020
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We are delighted to confirm that our planning application for the comprehensive regeneration of Silverthorne Lane in Bristol Temple Quarter will be considered by Bristol City Council's Development Control Committee on 5 August 2020.

If the plans are approved by councillors on the Development Control Committee, we will then be able to get on with the delivery of this exciting project for Bristol, including:

  • Oasis Academy Temple Quarter - an urgently-needed new secondary school to address a shortage in places in east central Bristol
  • 371 new homes including affordable housing
  • New office, employment and research space delivered by the University of Bristol
  • Purpose-built student accommodation.

This will create a new canal-side community in an area that has been inaccessible to the public for generations, with extensive areas of public open space incorporating new pedestrian and cycle routes, cafes, shops and restaurants. The development will represent inward investment for Bristol generating approximately £375 million in the first ten years from planning consent, while creating an additional 4,335 jobs. Full details of our regeneration proposals can be viewed here .

It is exactly one year since we submitted our proposals in August 2019 and since then work has been ongoing to refine the proposals in response to feedback from planning officers and statutory consultees, as well as addressing some key technical issues with what is a complex site.

One of the main challenges we have had to address is concern raised by the Environment Agency relating to flood risk with development in this part of the city. We have been working extremely hard to respond to these concerns, and flood officers at Bristol City Council are now content with the solutions we have proposed, enabling planning officers to recommend that the planning application is approved by councillors.

Another key concern raised during consultation was the potential impact of development on the future of Motion nightclub. Conscious of the important cultural contribution Motion makes to Bristol's nightlife scene, it has been our aim throughout to ensure that the club can continue to thrive, forming a key part of the vibrant new canal-side quarter that our plans will create. As a result, we worked hard to agree conditions which will see us work collaboratively with Motion on an innovative package of measures to secure the future of the club alongside the regeneration of this part of east central Bristol. We are delighted that as a result of these conditions, Motion's management have withdrawn their previous objections and submitted a representation in support of our plans.

We know that the delay in determining this planning application has caused frustration and concern for parents who are anxious to see the Oasis Academy Temple Quarter delivered as soon as possible. We hope that the decision of councillors on the Development Control Committee at next week's meeting will finally provide parents and young people in communities like Lawrence Hill with reassurance and certainty on the future of secondary provision in this part of the city.

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