In 2015, the Homes and Community Agency (now called Homes England) undertook a high level strategic review to inform future master planning and detailed design proposals for the development of sites in South Bristol Housing Zone.
As a significant land owner, Bristol City Council undertook a feasibility study, in March 2016, to explore how it can use its land assets to drive the delivery of high quality housing, stimulate a market shift in the local economy and create a buoyant local housing market to the meet local housing need. The study outcome highlighted a housing-led development as the priority for Hengrove Park and Hartcliffe Campus in South Bristol.
The Council commissioned Perfect Circle’s multi-disciplinary team through the Scape Built Environment Consultancy Framework to secure outline planning consent, before creating and disposing of Built Environment Consultancy services plots to the market for residential-led development. Perfect Circle’s role included working collaboratively with officers from across the Council and other external advisors to meaningfully engage the community; to undertake a heat network feasibility study; to provide cost consultancy services; produce design codes; to achieve outline planning consent; and support the marketing and disposal of Hartcliffe Campus and Hengrove Park through the Council’s property agents.
Perfect Circle have submitted outline planning consent with masterplan and design codes (RIBA 2) and all other matters reserved, except main vehicular access points, strategic onsite highways and strategic landscaping for new homes and new public open space for Hengrove Park. An outline planning consent with masterplan and design codes (RIBA 2) and all other matters reserved other than access for new homes for Hartcliffe Campus. Perfect Circle also supported the client with the marketing and disposal of Hartcliffe Campus and Hengrove Park through the Council’s property agents.
The project involved de-risking a major development site in South Bristol that was originally an abandoned airfield, latterly turned into open flat parkland by the local community, which ultimately created limited infrastructure and general connectivity issues.
The development of this area of South Bristol will greatly improve the economic and social infrastructure of one of the most deprived areas of Bristol. Between Hengrove Park and Hartcliffe Campus, the sites have the potential to deliver 2,000 homes and 30 per cent being affordable housing.
The project has involved a comprehensive public consultation process, which has been led by AB Consultancy, a local micro-business. CSJ Planning, a Bristol-based small to medium enterprise, has held extensive dialogue with Bristol City Council plannig department to ensure smooth progress of the scheme.