Ashton Gate Limited and Bristol Sport (the Club) propose to develop two sites. The Club’s vision is impressive. In principle, the Society supports the proposals. The image above shows phase 1 that develops the land between the Ashton Gate Stadium west stand and Winterstoke Road. At the centre of the image is a large new building which would combine a multi-modal Sports Centre, with a multi-storey car park. The Sports Centre would be home to Bristol Fliers Basketball and ladies netball teams and host conventions and exhibitions. To the north of the new Sports Centre would be two new hotels (one three the other 4 star), needed to serve the Stadium.
Aspirations include attracting residential conference business. New homes would stand to the south of the new Sports Centre. The scheme will invest money in south Bristol and increase local employment opportunities for young people with modest educational attainment. The Club proposes to landscape Colliter’s Brook to make a park running through the Stadium. The Society supports the introduction of new homes on the site. The Society has said that it would not support tall residential towers beside the Winterstoke Road which the Club’s publicity illustrates. The Society suggests that there is enough space to the south of the Sports Centre to create an interesting high-density-scheme that is subservient to the Stadium.
Phase 2 of the proposal is a new residential development shown to the right of the top image. Its boundaries are the Metrobus M2 route, Ashton Vale road industrial estates and the Long Ashton Park and Ride car park. This land north is part of Bristol’s Green Belt. On the assumption that the Council adopts the Local Plan Review (LPR) and releases the site from the Green Belt, the Society supports residential development. We were encouraged by the Club’s proposal to invest in the enhancement of the neighbouring Ashton Vale town green (far right of the image) to maximise the green infrastructure and mitigate the impact of development. We welcome the Council’s proposal in the LPR to designate this land a Specially Protected Local Green Space to maintain its undeveloped status and prominence in the landscape for community use. We support the Club’s intention to choose a developer who could produce a design for a ‘bespoke village’.