South Gloucestershire Development Around Filton Airfield

Land adjacent to Bristol’s northern boundary – lying to the north of the railway line to the north of Henbury and Southmead – is currently being considered for building approximately 5500 new homes by South Gloucestershire Council. This is the area around Cribbs Causeway and Patchway – including the former Filton Airfield.

The consequences of such a major development in South Gloucestershire will have a severe impact on the infrastructure of Henbury, Southmead and Westbury-on-Trym, particularly the existing trunk road system – unless managed very carefully by Bristol City Council.

The spectre of this development was first highlighted at the September 2011 Neighbourhood Partnership, where the Minutes, under Item 9, record “that the potential impact on roads in north Bristol resulting from proposals by South Gloucester Council to redevelop the Filton airfield site and its environs be noted.” Since then, South Gloucestershire Council has set up a cross border group to discuss all relevant issues with Bristol City Council and this has received all-party support from both Councils.

However, the matter of a road access into the proposed site, via Charlton Road and Charlton Common, is giving considerable cause for concern. As a consequence, a Petition is currently open on the City Council’s website seeking support for a Weight Restriction on Charlton Road, which is within the City’s Southmead Ward:

http://epetition.bristol.public-i.tv/epetition_core/view/stopheavylorriestoFiltonAirfield

A response to South Gloucestershire’s initial proposals, which summarises the concerns of Henbury & Brentry and Southmead Ward councillors, can be seen here: South Glos Development, NP2 Response

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