Permission granted for Lockleaze housing developments

September 17 2018
Permission granted for Lockleaze housing developments

Almost 350 new homes are set to be built in Lockleaze after two developments were granted outline planning permission on July 25.

Bristol City Council submitted outline planning applications for 268 homes on the council owned Romney House site, and 81 houses on vacant land on Constable Road and Crome Road. Both applications were approved by the Development Management Committee.

50% of the houses and apartments in the proposed new development on the Constable Road and Crome Road site will be affordable homes, which exceeds the council’s affordable housing policy for developments outside the central area of the city. A minimum of 30% of the houses and apartments proposed for the Romney House site will be affordable, in line with the affordable housing policy. Across the two sites this will mean around 80 homes available for social rent and 40 shared ownership properties.

The outline design of the proposed developments includes provision of parking spaces and ‘green’ travel measures including high quality provision for walking and cycling, and improved links to public transport, including a bus route through the Romney House development.

The Mayor of Bristol set out the commitment of building 2,000 new homes – 800 affordable – a year by 2020. As part of this commitment, the council is not just looking at numbers, but also at the quality of housing and communities created. He said: “Making sure everyone in Bristol has access to suitable housing remains one of my top priorities and this development is another important step towards meeting our ambitious housing targets. Working with our partners we have significantly increased the rate of house building in the city, and this continues to rise. All across Bristol developments are underway and we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to accelerate our building programme.

“It is particularly important to be building homes that people can afford and I am really pleased to see that both these developments will comply with affordable housing guidelines, with the Constable and Crome site offering 50 % affordable homes.”

Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “These two outline planning applications in Lockleaze are good examples of how we are taking steps to make great quality housing developments happen, to meet the need for new homes in the city.

“The outline designs for these sites, incorporating high quality design, green space, environmental sustainability and significant levels of affordable housing alongside open-market housing, will create not just more homes for people in Bristol but new communities and great places to live.  

“Securing these outline planning consents is another key milestone in our plan to meet the goal of delivering 2000 new homes per year by 2020, at least 800 of which will be affordable.”

The Romney House site was previously the site of Lockleaze School until 2004, and was then used as council offices until 2016.

Now that outline planning consent has been granted, the next step will be for the council to bring forward more detailed plans for the development, working with a development partner. The land at Constable and Crome has been vacant since 2012, when defective post war ‘pre-cast concrete’ houses on the site were demolished.  

The council is in the process of selling the Constable and Crome site to Yarlington Housing Group, who will now take forward the outline planning consent and develop detailed plans to build the new housing development.

The proposals for both sites build on aspirations for the development of Lockleaze from the local community, including the ‘Lockleaze Voice Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan’ which sets out a vision for Lockleaze; and further consultation with the local residents and community groups including Network Lockleaze. A number of residents have formed a new Lockleaze residents planning group which meets regularly on.... to ensure local residents have a say in new developments and receive up to date information from the council and developers,