Rooms with a view New look at harbour homes
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.
How the 165-home development at Baltic Wharf would look