Update: Developments 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 and areas around the current Clifton rugby Club grounds.

The consequences of such major developments 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.

These major development proposals have been raised at recent Neighbourhood Partnership Meetings and local Neighbourhood Forums but the potential enormity of the developments and their consequences have yet to register with the majority of Bristolians, let alone the residents living in north Bristol who will be the worst affected.

In an effort to spread the word, several Meetings and Drop-in Sessions are planned locally in the very near future:

Public Meeting at The Greenway Centre, 19 November: South Glos Traffic Impacts Poster

Public exhibition about the proposed Skanska development at Cribbs Causeway, 7 & 9 November: Invitation to Skanska Public Exhibition

Cribbs/Patchway Consultation Events, 7, 8 & 12 November: Cribbs Patchway Flyer

Time is short – register your concerns!


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4 Responses to Update: Developments Around Filton Airfield

  1. Richard Pedlar says:

    The massive expansion of development around Henbury , Southmead and Filton will have and major impact on the infrastructure. Just one of the concerns is the traffic which already passes though the village of Westbury on Trym, often at dangerous speeds and also the present congestion. Real consideration needs to be given to effective traffic control through the village, either with shared space or even pedestrianisation. No doubt there will be a detrimental impact on other areas which are on route into the city centre.

    • Alan Aburrow says:

      Thank you Richard for some interesting thoughts. However, as I pointed out in my original post, I’m sure that the majority of Bristolians are blissfully unaware of this huge major development on Bristol’s northern doorstep!

      It’s not just the potential for additional traffic through Westbury village but also the increase in traffic attempting to use the “Westbury Bypass”, aka Falcondale Road. The latter is already at saturation point during peak times of the day. Whilst Falcondale Road struggles to cope with north/south traffic movements, there is little alternative for the east/west flow – other than to pass through the village. It is all very well just saying “limit traffic through the Village” but it has to go somewhere. Not only that, many of the vehicle movements in the village presumably result from shoppers using the local shops and services, or vehicles servicing those shops.

      Would the businesses in Westbury want to have an outright ban on village traffic?

      “Dangerous speeds” is more of a perception which is not supported by the Council’s accident statistics. Anyway, how does one define “dangerous speed” without quantified data? Of course, when the whole of Westbury village is subject to a mandatory 20mph speed limit, the chances of accidents and serious injuries will be reduced. To deny this would be to admit that the current city-wide 20mph rollout scheme is a waste of time and money.

  2. Verdine Lewis-Stevens says:

    Provision of good public transport links will go some way to alleviating pressure on the road network, and I hope that the City Council will work with First & Wessex buses to reinstate the routes (20 and 15/15a) that served the areas that will be impacted, and also introduce new bus routes to enable people to take buses to school, work, local shops, etc. Given the huge increase in Council Tax take that will arise from the creation of so many new homes, there should be plenty in the coffers to subsidise these routes.

    • Alan Aburrow says:

      All the Council Tax generated from the 8000-odd houses to be built as part of the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN) will swell the coffers of South Gloucestershire Council, as the development is completely outside of Bristol’s city boundary.
      Not one penny of the Council Tax receipts will come to Bristol.
      However, Bristol City Council will have to cope with all the extra traffic coming into Bristol – travelling along the already over-loaded A4018 corridor and other heavily congested routes into Bristol.
      In the blinkered eyes of BCC planners, the quick-fix option will be to introduce wall-to-wall bus lanes, at the expense of all other road users.
      Wake up George and smell the coffee in north Bristol. We don’t all live in Southville and ride a bike to work at City Hall.

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