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Approval Granted for £375m Bristol Development

Posted by Calum Martin in ,

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A huge mixed-use accommodation scheme in Bristol, named the Silverthorne Lane masterplan, has been granted permission by the Housing Minister.

The £375m construction scheme looks to provide 371 homes as well as a school and two purpose-built student accommodation blocks.

Covering six separate sites within the Temple Meads area in Bristol, developers Square Bay submitted plans alongside the University of Bristol, developers Studio Hive and Atlas Land, education trust Oasis Community Learning and the Department for Education.

It is estimated that 4,355 jobs will be created as a result of the construction and operation of the buildings over the next 10 years.

A contributing factor to the scheme's green light was that a fifth of the planned homes will be classified as affordable housing.

The school will boast a 1,600-pupil capacity whilst the two student accommodation blocks will provide 693 student beds. An additional 25,000 square metres of office space will also feature.

Concerns were raised regarding heightened flood risk in the area, however Housing minister Stuart Andrew stated that "all dwellings" would be above the flood level. The buildings at risk of any high water flooding will be restricted to car parks, offices and staircases.

The statement added: "The secretary of state agrees that the lower lift/stairs area, if flooded, would not conflict with the ability for the actual residential areas to remain safe as a refuge area or provide access to the high-level walkway and therefore on balance this would be acceptable in flood-risk safety terms."

He continued: "The regeneration proposed, combined with the active restoration of some of the listed buildings, would rejuvenate the site and breathe active life back into it, and that the retention of 10 key buildings, which would be likely to be lost without active use, would also be a benefit of the proposals."