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Ambitious regeneration plans for Filton Airfield cleared for take-off

More than 2,600 new homes and three new schools – alongside employment and retail areas – will create a new neighbourhood on a former airfield site.

Today (Thursday 19 October) South Gloucestershire Council planning committee resolved to approve outline planning permission for the re-development on the 143ha (354 acres) site at Filton Airfield.  

The plans, submitted by YTL Developments UK Ltd, include 2,675 much-needed new homes. They also include provision for 24ha (62 acres) of employment space, three new schools, recreational areas and community facilities, doctors surgery, a new railway station and a dedicated MetroBus route. 

Filton Airfield is one of the largest brownfield sites in the country, and it represents YTL Developments’ first major project in the UK. The company’s ambition is to create a new neighbourhood where people can live and work, which is seamlessly connected to its surroundings and existing local communities.

Its connectivity with Bristol to the south, Cribbs Causeway and the surrounding neighbourhoods and towns of South Gloucestershire and then beyond to London, has been an essential part of the design, which includes numerous interconnecting cycle paths and public transport options.

YTL will make a major investment in infrastructure and in preparing the site for development. YTL is developing the site as a single landowner to ensure the whole site is well coordinated, well built and well connected to deliver a thriving new neighbourhood for living and working. Thousands of new jobs will be created in the employment space with a focus on high-tech, advanced engineering and aerospace.

YTL Developments UK’s chief operating officer, Barra Mac Ruairí, said: “We are delighted that our plans to deliver a new neighbourhood of much-needed homes, community facilities and great parks and green spaces to this area of South Gloucestershire will now become a reality. YTL has taken time to produce a quality scheme as will be our hallmark.  We have not rushed our application as it is the foundation for our future delivery. We have been investing in utilities, property and hotel assets across the UK for over a decade and we are committed to building a positive social and economic legacy for future generations.

“We would like to thank all those who have worked with us to shape these exciting plans. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the local community as the development becomes a reality.”

The detailed design has not yet been finalised, but the company has plans to create spacious homes with built-in ‘smart’ technology, set amongst landscaped public areas and green spaces and great transport connections. The final detailed design will respect and reflect the heritage of the site with the inclusion of the Concorde Museum and aero collection, as well as incorporating an historic listed spitfire hangar which will be refurbished and brought forward as a key part of our first phase of delivery.

It is expected that construction of infrastructure will start in the new year, with construction of the first buildings beginning in autumn 2018, so new homeowners will be moving in from spring 2019.