Published: Thursday, 11th June 2015
Proposals to redevelop the former Filton Airfield on the outskirts of Bristol with a major new housing scheme have been approved by South Gloucestershire council.
The development is part of a wider plan to build 5,700 new homes on the edge of the conurbation to meet increasing demand.
The 134-hectare site near Cribbs Causeway is owned by BAE Systems. The plans include provision for up to 2,675 homes, business units, a 120-bed hotel, a secondary school, two primary schools, two nurseries, a park and a supermarket.
BAE Systems has insisted that the project will be an “employment hub” generating 7,785 new jobs over time.
Plans also include a museum to house Concorde 216, which has been parked uncovered at the airfield since its final supersonic flight in 2003.
Planning committee chairman Trevor Jones said the scheme would “bring many benefits to South Gloucestershire”.
However, there have been concerns about increased traffic in an already congested area. Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie warned last year that the wider Filton/Patchway housing plans were “designed for gridlock and economic stagnation”.
But Bristol City Council, which is among those consulted on the application, says “significant progress” has now been made on traffic issues and the vexed question of access to public transport.