Developers reveal plans for the new Knowle West
THE future shape of Knowle West has been made public by city council planners.
As reported in the Post, a major project is under way which will see millions invested in the south Bristol suburb.
The improvements will include 2,000 new homes and a so-called green business park which could create up to 180 new jobs and safeguarding 170 existing roles in the area.
The scheme is being discussed at Bristol City Council's cabinet meeting next week.
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The original plans for the area had to be redrawn after residents in the area objected to plans to demolish hundreds of homes.
As part of the scheme an £11 million business park is to be built on the site of the former Whitchurch airfield. The hangar at the airfield has been left standing empty since the closure of the airfield in 1956.
The council is hoping to pay for the scheme with backing from the European Regional Development Fund and the West of England's Regional Growth Fund. It is hoped that the business park will be up and running within the next two years.
The land which has been earmarked for the business park is currently owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The agency has agreed to hand over the site to Bristol City Council so the scheme can go ahead.
The new facility will be marketed at small firms which are based around environmental technologies and green goods and services.
It is expected that around 120 businesses will be based at the new business park, potentially creating 180 new jobs and safeguarding another 170 jobs.
Anthony Negus, the councillor in charge of planning, property and regeneration, said: "This is excellent news for jobs and investment in the South Bristol area, and will help unlock this crucial development site.
"Bristol has a thriving environmental technology sector with big potential to grow further.
"The new green business park will therefore provide the necessary infra- structure to help support the sector's growth."
The Filwood Green Business Park proposal is seen as a vital part of the so-called Knowle West Regeneration Framework.
A separate report to Cabinet will put forward proposals for pushing forward with the Knowle West Regeneration Framework's spatial plan, which would lead to the development of 2,000 new homes along with new community and commercial development.
Mr Negus added: "A huge amount of hard work has been put into the Knowle West Regeneration Framework by the community, council and partner agencies.
"We have now established a strong consensus of how we can progress the ambitious plan and bring real positive change in terms of new homes, jobs, infrastructure and facilities to the area.
"Initial Regeneration Framework investments will be concentrated around the Filwood Park and Filwood Broadway areas, and then rolled out across the whole area. These investments will be supported by the introduction of Bus Rapid Transit to serve the area."