Mead Street Development Brief Consultation

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Closes 4 Jul 2022


Bristol is rapidly growing. Our population is expected to grow by 20 per cent in the next 20 years. This further compounds the housing crisis in Bristol. By 2036, the council, our partners and developers will need to deliver at least 33,500 new homes and all the employment, community and transport infrastructure that goes along with that. At the same time, we have to tackle the challenges of the climate and ecological emergencies, and build a city where everyone has an opportunity to flourish.

Mead Street, between Bedminster and Temple Meads, is one of the most significant and sustainable regeneration opportunities for our growing city right now. It is a brownfield site with strong connectivity in an active travel area. We must get the redevelopment of this area right if we are to deliver those high-quality affordable homes, employment opportunities, as well as the infrastructure that our city needs.

However, Bristol is a city of only 42 square miles. The space to build the right homes in the right places, while protecting our green spaces, is extremely limited. Our approach is to prioritise our precious nearby greenbelt and ecology, meaning that we need to build more densely in the centre of the city. And building in the right places isn’t just about protecting greenspaces. It is also about making sure new affordable homes are close to jobs, amenities and sustainable travel options. We need to reduce car dependence by making sure there are alternatives and create communities near to the places people want to be for work and leisure. Building densely helps to achieve this.

In response to these demands, Mead Street has been identified in Bristol’s Draft Local Plan as an area for mixed-use development with new homes, retained employment space and transport routes. We want it to become a well-connected sustainable, low carbon neighbourhood that will benefit local residents where it is easier to walk, cycle or catch public transport to jobs, education, training, shops and hospitality.

Together with neighbouring schemes, like Whitehouse Street, Temple Island, Bedminster Green, and also Western Harbour, Mead Street will begin to meet the need for high-quality sustainable development at the heart of our city.

As these changes come forward, we will continue to give local residents and businesses a voice so that the changes meet the needs of the current as well as future communities. Cities are complicated with competing demands and delivering the affordable homes, employment spaces and economy Bristol needs is not easy. We encourage all residents and businesses to be a part of the ongoing dialogue on Mead Street, so that we can create successful new homes and communities that work for Bristol now and in the future.