Green-belt land between Bristol and Keynsham earmarked for homes

COUNTRYSIDE is set to be removed from the green-belt between Bristol and Keynsham to allow hundreds of new homes to be built in Brislington.

Bristol City Council bosses have earmarked between 500 and 750 homes at a new neighbourhood off the A4 Bath Road on the city’s western edge in the authority’s Draft Local Plan.

Bellway Homes revealed plans earlier this year for 555 homes and a new “local centre” with shops and a community centre on five fields between Brislington park and ride and the former Wyevale Garden Centre, next to the boundary with Bath & North East Somerset.

The Local Plan said this would require a “limited release of land” from the green-belt.

“However, a substantial extent of openness between Bristol and Keynsham would remain and the integrity of the Bristol Bath Green Belt as a whole will be retained,” it said.

The park and ride could be moved to land near the Hicks Gate roundabout as part of the plans, the document said.

It added: “The allotments on Bath Road are an important local facility providing opportunities for food growing. The allotments will be retained.”

The draft Local Plan – a 15-year blueprint setting out where future homes, jobs, transport, shops and leisure should go – was approved by full council on October 31. It will go out to public consultation with a range of policies to guide how and where property developers build new housing in the city.

The plan says the green-belt boundaries, while largely unchanged, have been “revised to reflect exceptional circumstances”.

Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporting Service