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Mall Cribbs expansion plans given green light

Posted on Tuesday 20th December 2016 at 6:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of a new 'anchor' store planned as part of an extension at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire’s largest retail outlet is set to expand after councillors granted outline planning permission for the proposals.

The scheme at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway includes more than 35,000 square metres of retail floor space, leisure, and hotel and restaurant facilities alongside a new multi-storey car park, an events plaza and up to 150 residential apartments.

A new bus station is also included in the plans which will cater for local and MetroBus services. These services will help connect the new communities being built at the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood with major retail, employment and education hubs in the region.

As well as the bus station, a new footbridge will be built over Merlin Road for the use of pedestrians and cyclists along with new roads and enhanced pedestrian and cycle links which will be provided throughout the development.

There will be no increase in the total amount of free car parking on the site (7,000 spaces).

Given the nature and scale of the proposal, the council has referred the decision to the Secretary of State who has 21 days to approve it or call it in.

Cllr Trevor Jones, chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Committee, said:

“This application contains significant new provision for shopping at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway which will bring up to 3,000 more jobs to South Gloucestershire and continue to generate economic prosperity across the region.”

“As well as retail and leisure facilities, an important element of the proposal is the provision of transport infrastructure which will see a new bus station created for local and MetroBus services. These facilities are key to ensuring people are well connected to the area’s key employment and education hubs.”

“The council sees this £300m investment at Cribbs Causeway as a vital step in providing a vibrant town centre to better meet the needs of the existing and new communities in the north-west fringe of Bristol.”

More: New stores could be trading by the end of 2019 or early 2020 »

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McCarthy & Stone consults on Charlton Hayes proposals

Posted on Friday 8th July 2016 at 9:32 am by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of proposed McCarthy & Stone development at Charlton Hayes.

Local residents gathered at an exhibition at Patchway Community Centre on 28th June 2016 to discuss proposals to develop two brownfield sites at Charlton Hayes with Retirement Living apartments and high-quality Assisted Living (Extra Care) accommodation. The sites are known as MU5 and MU6 and are located at the southern end of Charlton Boulevard, close to Hayes Way.

The exhibition was held by Your Life Management Services (a joint venture between McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, and Somerset Care, a not-for-profit care provider).

The early proposals that were on display will, if approved, develop vacant brownfield land, which is allocated for development in the Charlton Hayes masterplan, with around 40 one- and two-bed Retirement Living apartments and 60 Assisted Living (Extra Care) accommodation units, along with professional landscaping and car parking for residents, visitors and care providers.

Local residents and senior community figures (including elected representatives of South Gloucestershire Council and Patchway Town Council) attended on the day to view the plans, meet the development team and provide initial feedback on the proposals, which are due to be submitted formally for consideration in the coming months.

The information displayed at the consultation event may now be viewed online here: Sites MU5 and MU6, Hayes Way, Charlton Hayes

Simon Mantell, McCarthy & Stone regional managing director, said:

“The public exhibition was an excellent opportunity for us to understand the views of the local community and I would like to take this opportunity to thank people for their constructive comments and questions.”

“We have worked hard to ensure our proposals represent a sensitive development which complements the local area with high-quality materials and a design that develops this vacant part of Charlton Hayes. We believe this site is an ideal location to provide much-needed Retirement Living and Assisted Living accommodation in South Gloucestershire, which will also assist in freeing up family homes for other residents living locally.”

More: Comments may be submitted up to Tuesday 12th July »

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Plans submitted for housing on site of former Royal British Legion Club

Posted on Wednesday 13th January 2016 at 10:47 am by SH (Editor)

Royal British Legion Club, Rodway Road, Patchway, Bristol.

A planning application has been submitted to demolish the former Royal British Legion Club on Rodway Road and replace it with eight 2- and 3-bed homes.

The social club has been closed since July 2014 after getting into financial difficulties. The legal entity behind the club, Patchway & District Royal British Legion Club Ltd, is named as the “owner” of the land/building on the planning application, but is believed to be in the process of being wound-up. A notice displayed at the front of the property states that the land is currently being held in trust by the Royal British Legion, which intends to dispose of it “by way of a sale of the freehold”.

Applicant MCDI Homes Limited has submitted plans for six 3-bed homes and two 2-bed homes on the site, with 16 parking spaces.

The public consultation period for the application closed on 5th January and has attracted one supporting comment from the owner of a neighbouring residential property plus further comments from Patchway Town Council and the nearby Patchway Community Centre.

The town council says it has no objection to the construction of housing on the site, but says it would prefer it to consist of smaller 1- or 2-bed properties, so as to give older local residents currently living in 3-bed homes the opportunity to downsize, thereby releasing family homes onto the market.

The community centre raises the concern that cars currently parking on the Legion Club site will be displaced and start using visitor parking bays at the centre.

It is understood that once planning officers have prepared a report on the application, it is likely to be “called in” by a Patchway district councillor, meaning that it will have to be determined by a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s planning committee.

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Plans unveiled for new ice rink, ski centre and skydiving facilities at Cribbs

Posted on Thursday 18th June 2015 at 8:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of a proposed new ice rink and skydiving centre at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

Plans have been unveiled to build a new permanent indoor ice rink, together with a skydiving and ski centre, at a site in Cribbs Causeway.

The proposals are part of a vision by the developer, Baylis Estates, to introduce an ‘active sports’ theme to the entertainment and retail opportunities available in the area and make Cribbs Causeway a ‘day-out’ destination.

The new facilities also include a sports store, hotel, restaurant, coffee ‘drive thru’ and car showroom and will be developed on land next to The Venue.

This site had previously been earmarked for the proposed Concorde Museum until an alternative museum site was secured through an agreement last year between the Bristol Aero Collection Trust and neighbouring Filton Airfield owner BAE Systems.

Prior to submitting a planning application, Baylis Estates will be carrying out a community engagement programme, including a public exhibition at The Mall shopping centre on Friday 19th June from 1pm until 7pm.

David Mace, Director at Baylis Estates, said:

“Our ambitious plans for the site include building a flagship permanent indoor ice rink so that residents across the district and the wider West of England area no longer have to travel to other parts of the country to access this sort of facility all year round.”

“An indoor skydiving and ski centre – the first in the South West – is also planned for the site, along with a sports store, hotel, restaurant, coffee ‘drive thru’ and car showroom, which will deliver significant social and economic benefits to the area.”

“We are really keen to develop an active sports theme on this site which links well with the adjoining leisure park at The Venue and will provide important and integrated facilities for the future development in and around Cribbs Causeway.”

More: Proposals welcomed by South Glos council leaders »

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