Rooms with a view New look at har­bour homes

Bristol Post - - NEWS - So­phie GRUBB so­phie.grubb@reach­plc.com

DEVEL­OP­ERS are forg­ing ahead with a new har­bour­side hous­ing site boast­ing one of the best views in Bris­tol.

Images have been re­leased show­ing how Baltic Wharf Car­a­van Site could be trans­formed into 165 new homes, 40 per cent of which will be des­ig­nated as af­ford­able.

House build­ing com­pany Hill is work­ing on the project along­side Go­ram Homes, which is a sub­sidiary of Bris­tol Hold­ing Ltd, owned by Bris­tol City Coun­cil.

A web­site has now been launched with more de­tails about the project, in­clud­ing the first com­puter-gen­er­ated images show­ing how it would look.

It de­scribes the scheme as a “vi­brant des­ti­na­tion on the Float­ing Har­bour with homes, re­tail, restau­rants and com­mer­cial space that is well con­nected to lo­cal walk­ing and cy­cling routes”.

Early plans lodged with the coun­cil in April said the site could ac­com­mo­date up to 190 homes, but devel­op­ers have since agreed 165 as a suit­able num­ber.

The site is next to the steps out­side the Cot­tage Inn pub, which many agree has one of the best views over the city, look­ing over the wa­ter to the colour­ful houses at Clifton­wood.

The project’s web­site states that the clus­ter of build­ings would range from three to six storeys.

It states: “Baltic Wharf will be­come a new, vi­brant, mixed use des­ti­na­tion, to com­ple­ment the so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties around Spike Is­land, Wap­ping Wharf and the Un­der­fall Yard.

“The pro­posed plans aim to seam­lessly in­te­grate with the his­toric set­ting and cap­i­talise on the wa­ter­front lo­ca­tion with its ex­pan­sive views across the fa­mous Bris­tol town­scape.”

The car­a­van site is owned by the city coun­cil and is look­ing to re­lo­cate, but will re­main in po­si­tion un­til con­struc­tion begins.

Of the 40 per cent of the de­vel­op­ment re­tained by the coun­cil for af­ford­able hous­ing, the project in­for­ma­tion states that “77 per cent will be avail­able for so­cial rent, pro­vid­ing truly af­ford­able homes”.

The re­main­ing 23 per cent will be of­fered via shared own­er­ship.

Hous­ing will con­sist of one, two and three-bed­room flats, and there will also be space for com­mer­cial units and leisure fa­cil­i­ties.

It is pitched as a “new fo­cal point to the western end of the float­ing har­bour” with a mix of pub­lic and pri­vate space.

Cur­rent plans pro­pose 80 car park­ing spa­ces, of which at least 16 will be for elec­tric ve­hi­cles, and a min­i­mum 288 bike park­ing spa­ces.

The team be­hind the project are hold­ing a vir­tual pre­sen­ta­tion next Thurs­day evening, which mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come to at­tend.

Stephen Baker, man­ager di­rec­tor of Go­ram Homes, said: “Go­ram Homes is com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing in Bris­tol and build­ing high qual­ity homes in ex­cep­tional lo­ca­tions.

“Baltic Wharf is a per­fect ex­am­ple and we are ex­cited to be shar­ing more of our plans with Bris­tol.”

Fol­low­ing feed­back from the com­mu­nity, devel­op­ers hope to sub­mit a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in Novem­ber.

IM­AGE: GO­RAM HOMES

How the 165-home de­vel­op­ment at Baltic Wharf would look

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