Planning approval was granted for the first phase of homes at Filton Airfield, marking the transformation of the former Filton Airfield into Brabazon, a thriving new neighbourhood for North Bristol.
This first phase of 278 new properties includes high-quality family homes, private apartments and affordable properties, all set within attractive gardens and community spaces. In total the plans include 127 two to four bedroom houses and 151 one and two bedroom apartments. The homes will have spacious rooms, generous windows and soaring double-height spaces in selected homes.
A public square and sweeping crescent mark the entrance into the neighbourhood, while the mix of homes, ranging from medium-rise apartment buildings to urban terraces and spacious family houses, is designed to foster a diverse and vibrant community.
The neighbourhood is set out on a network of tree-lined streets, close to attractive public squares and Brabazon Park, a new area of green parkland that will be a community asset open for everyone to enjoy. The homes and apartments all have access to outside space.
Following the grant of planning approval, owners YTL Developments anticipate that construction will begin before the end of the year. The homes are expected to go on sale during 2020, with the first residents set to move in at Brabazon in 2021.
Sebastian Loyn, Planning & Development Director, YTL Developments said:“Filton Airfield is a historic local landmark. We are working with world-renowned architects to ensure its future lives up to the legacy of its pioneering past. The first phase of new homes is designed to form the heart of a thriving new neighbourhood for North Bristol.”
The homes will be connected to Bristol by major new transport infrastructure. A new rail station at Brabazon will connect to Bristol Temple Meads in less than 15 minutes, while a MetroBus route will link to both Cribbs Causeway and the city centre. Brabazon will also offer a range of new walkways and cycle paths for local people.
Andy Theobald, Partner at architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said:“We are very much looking forward to delivering the approved housing designs at Brabazon, which will become a highly sustainable new residential quarter. The family of house types we have created, set within public and private spaces, will deliver contemporary homes in a vibrant new neighbourhood which will not only set the bar for the future development but also for the wider region."
Keith French of landscape architects Grant Associates said: "Our aim is to create a leafy neighbourhood and a rich and varied landscape framework for Brabazon that celebrates the aviation heritage of the site. The proposed sequence of public spaces, courts and community gardens, linked by walkways and cycle routes, will help to create a distinct sense of place and identity.”