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Revised planning application for Filton Airfield

Posted on Thursday 1st June 2017 at 8:31 pm by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of Filton Airfield redevelopment.

A revised outline planning application has been submitted for the redevelopment of the former Filton Airfield, which ceased operations in December 2012.

A previous planning application for the site was put forward by then-owners BAE Systems in October 2014 and South Gloucestershire Council agreed to “resolve to approve” the application subject to the signing of S106 agreements requiring the developer to make financial contributions to local infrastructure schemes.

As BAE Systems did not intend to develop the site itself, it did not sign the S106 agreements, and the airfield was later sold to YTL, a Malaysia-based infrastructure investor, in late 2015.

The new planning application brought forward by YTL retains the original headline parameters of 2,675 residential dwellings and 24ha of stand-alone employment land, however it now proposes a “linear park” along the axis of the old airfield runway and a new town centre featuring “buildings of up to 10 storeys and a single tall building of up to 30 storeys”.

The revised planning application, reference PT14/3867/O, may be viewed online or in hard copy at Patchway One Stop Shop, The Patchway Hub, Rodway Road, Patchway BS34 5PE.

Related link: YTL Land and Property – Filton Airfield

This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 9). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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All Stars Cricket for five- to eight-year-olds

Posted on Friday 19th May 2017 at 5:26 pm by SH (Editor)

ECB All Stars Cricket

All Stars Cricket is a brand new initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket.

The programme is delivered across England and Wales at over 1,800 fully accredited All Stars Cricket centres. It is a fun and active way to develop your child’s skills, and through our eight-week programme they will learn lots – as well as make new friends – in a safe and inclusive environment.

Patchway Cricket Club, based in Scott Park, Rodway Road, Patchway BS34 5JR, is running its sessions on a Saturday morning, from 10.30am to 11.30am, starting on Saturday 20th May.

All girls and boys are welcome, and each registered child will receive a pack of cricket goodies including a cricket bat, ball, backpack, water bottle, personalised shirt and cap to keep so that they can continue their love of cricket when they go home.

By registering for All Stars Cricket, your child will be guaranteed eight weeks of jam-packed fun, activity and skills development. To register, visit allstarscricket.co.uk or contact Dave Hull on 07954 391434.

More: Poster advertising the All Stars Cricket programme in Patchway »

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Patchway church’s new stained glass window makes a big impression

Posted on Wednesday 12th April 2017 at 11:29 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the stained glass window. Photo of Stuart Low and Fr Eugene Campbell.

An imposing new stained glass window recently installed at a local church has been attracting admiring comments from worshippers and members of the wider community.

The 22sqm window on the front aspect of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, which faces Patchway Roundabout (just off the A38), is composed of more than 440 individual panes of stained glass and was designed and manufactured by Bristol architectural and stained glass artist Stuart Low.

The window has been installed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Holy Family Church and has been funded by parishioners, who voluntarily paid £30 to sponsor an individual pane.

The initial idea for the window came from parishioner Felicity Harper and her sister, Pia. The pair worked together with parish priest Father Eugene Campbell to come up with a design and gain the approval of the church community.

Felicity and Pia then continued to progress the project, putting together a business plan and devising a sponsorship scheme to ensure that the total £18,000 cost of the work could be covered without drawing on parish funds.

The window was officially blessed by Fr Eugene during the 11am mass on Sunday 5th March, in the presence of the artist, Stuart Low, who has a studio in south Bristol (opposite Windmill Hill Farm).

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Sea Harrier airlifted to new museum site

Posted on Wednesday 12th April 2017 at 11:29 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of an RAF Chinook airlifts a Sea Harrier ‘jump jet’.

An unusual scene unfolded over the former Filton Airfield site on 8th March when a Chinook helicopter was drafted in to move a Sea Harrier ‘jump jet’ to its new home at the Aerospace Bristol museum, located just off Hayes Way on the Patchway side of the airfield.

To reach its new home inside a historic hangar that forms part of the new museum, the Sea Harrier had to be transported across a railway line and over Filton airfield. With no road bridge wide enough for it to cross, the RAF provided vital support with a Chinook from No 27 Sqn RAF Odiham and the RAF Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit (JADTEU) successfully lifting the aircraft to the Aerospace Bristol site.

Wing Commander Steve Bell, Chief of Staff at RAF Odiham, said:

“Getting the opportunity to assist with a complex operation of this nature is a challenge, but one for which the unique qualities of the Chinook helicopter, and it’s highly trained RAF crews, are ideally suited. Working with our colleagues from JADTEU in support of Aerospace Bristol, in the knowledge that they will be exhibiting this distinctive example of British Air Power to the public, has been an honour.”

Linda Coode, Collections Manager at Aerospace Bristol, added:

“We are thrilled to welcome the Sea Harrier to Aerospace Bristol and would like to thank the RAF for their tremendous support. We look forward to welcoming visitors this summer, when they will be able to see the Sea Harrier on display alongside many other exhibits; including its Bristol Siddeley-designed engine, which gave the aircraft its vertical and short take-off and landing capability, and is one of many important engines developed at Filton.”

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