Bristol Green ‘Village Of The Future’ Gets Planning Permission

Planners have given the ‘green light’ to the first phase of ‘greener’ homes planned for a new urban village near Bristol. Housebuilder Redrow’s flagship venture, located two miles north of Bristol city centre in Cheswick, Filton, will create an entire village of environmentally friendly homes, designed to achieve level three of the new Code for Sustainable Homes – two years ahead of government targets.

South Gloucestershire Council has now granted detailed planning permission for the first phase of 100 homes in this “future village,” dubbed Tallsticks.

Tallsticks will be the first of several smaller ‘villages’ built by Redrow, which will be combined to form the new larger village of Cheswick, complete with shops, restaurants, and all the local amenities of a well-established residential community.

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The masterplan for the 77-acre site envisions a mixed-use neighbourhood centre at the heart of the development, complete with a supermarket, other retail units, restaurants, a public house, doctor’s surgery, pharmacy, and children’s nursery, as well as residential apartments. In addition, a proposed primary school site is nearby.

Tallsticks homes will include a variety of environmentally friendly features such as aerated flow-regulating taps, which can almost half the amount of water flow, energy efficient boilers, low fill baths and sinks, and the use of thermal solar panels, which can provide hot water during periods of sunlight at a low cost.

The first phase of homes is scheduled to go on sale in early February 2008, with the first properties ready to move into the following year. The entire development will be phased over several years.

“The urban village of Cheswick will be a sustainable and practical place to live, work, and play, with a series of green corridors that not only link places within the site, but also connect to the wider area,” said Peter Carpinelli, managing director of Redrow Homes (South West).

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“It truly will be a village built for modern life in the twenty-first century, and it will appeal to a wide range of homebuyers.” Redrow is proud to be contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions and to assisting homebuyers who want to live in a more sustainable community.”

Redrow will fund a ‘Planning gain’ package worth nearly £20 million as part of the overall planning agreement for the Cheswick site, including contributions to local primary and secondary school provision, community facilities, open spaces, a local library, and art projects.

Last Updated on December 30, 2021


Author: Indra Gupta

Indra is an in-house writer with a love of Newcastle United and all things sustainable.

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