Green light for second phase of new homes on former Filton Airfield

CGI visualisation of a street in a new housing development.
CGI visualisation of a street in the planned Brabazon Phase 2 development.

YTL Developments has been granted planning permission for the next phase of new homes at Brabazon, the new neighbourhood for Bristol taking shape on the site of the historic former Filton Airfield.

Consisting of 339 dwellings, the second residential phase will be built on Parcel E1, which lies to the east of the currently under-construction Phase 1, with both being accessed from Blenheim Roundabout on Hayes Way (near the Trust Ford car dealership).

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YTL said in a statement:

“The designs for the second phase retain many of the distinctive features that have made The Hangar District – the first phase at Brabazon – such a success. Each house features picture windows that flood the homes with natural light, as well as clever layouts and a range of sustainable features that are all included as standard.”

In place of gas-based heating, homes in the second phase will be heated by air source heat pumps.

The development will feature “intricate brickwork and tree-lined streets”, according to YTL.

CGI visualisation of housing and open space in a new housing development.
CGI visualisation of the view from a podium in the planned Brabazon Phase 2 development.

The plans for the new phase – created by award-winning local architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios – aim to foster a strong sense of community. YTL said of the plans:

“The new homes are designed on a network of ‘living streets’, with residents able to enjoy expanded access to outdoor spaces that bring people together, including shared gardens, public squares and play areas for children.”

The residential units comprise a mixture of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and two-, three- and four-bedroom houses. The apartments will be grouped in three buildings of up to six storeys in height, while the houses will be two and three storeys.


A total of 61 affordable homes are incorporated in the plans, i.e. 18 percent of the total 339 units (inline with the overall Filton Airfield masterplan). Affordable housing delivery comprises 43 shared ownership apartments and 18 social rent houses.

Car parking provision is at a level slightly below that specified by South Gloucestershire Council’s policies, but has been accepted by the local authority on the grounds that the planned MetroBus service and railway connectivity (via a new station at North Filton) are “likely to suppress levels of car ownership”.

The entire Phase 2 parcel is proposed to be subject to a residents’ parking scheme. This is intended in part to mitigate against future users of the YTL Arena Bristol parking on-street.

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Site location (hatched area) of the planned Brabazon Phase 2 development. The large building to the north-east is the Aerospace Bristol museum. The existing housing north of the roundabout is in Charlton Hayes.

Construction on this next phase of new homes – located adjacent to the Aerospace Bristol museum – is scheduled to begin later this summer, with the first homes expected to be completed in late 2024.

Sebastian Loyn, planning and development director at YTL Developments, commented:

“This is the next chapter in creating a thriving new neighbourhood for Bristol. We continue to innovate, creating new styles of living spaces, streets and public realm.”

“These new homes at Brabazon are unique within Bristol. We believe that places are as much about people as they are about buildings, which is why the design for the latest phase focuses on fostering a new community at Brabazon.”

“Brabazon is being transformed into the most dynamic new city district in the South West. With the supersonic YTL Arena, Brabazon Park, Hangar 16U, a new rail station, and a MetroBus all scheduled for completion in the coming years, these homes are set to be among the most desirable addresses in the city.”

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