North Fringe of Bristol Masterplan
We have worked with the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Bristol City Council (BCC) on a strategic infrastructure-led masterplan for the north fringe of Bristol, with the support of Atkins.
The north fringe
The north fringe is an area in South Gloucestershire between the northern edge of the City of Bristol and the M4 and M5 motorways.
It includes Filton, Cribbs Causeway, Patchway, Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke, Harry Stoke, Henbury and Brentry.
It is an important area for the region’s economy. It is a centre for commercial and retail activities as well as being home to many global aerospace and engineering businesses, the University of the West of England and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.
About the masterplan
The final masterplan sets out a place-based vision and infrastructure strategy for the area over the next 30 years (up to 2050).
Focusing on shaping the north fringe as a place, the priorities are:
- sustainable and inclusive communities
- addressing the climate emergency
- widening opportunities
- improving the quality of life for all residents, businesses and visitors
What it means
The masterplan aims to bring change across the area, building on the aerospace, logistics, retail, leisure and growing tourism sectors. The north fringe will not just be a great place to live, work or visit but also to stay and explore.
We want to achieve new opportunities, improve the West of England economy and provide new jobs and skills across the area. Whilst building on the economy our approach also has people at the heart of it.
This plan sets out how we can reshape and strengthen the communities across the area through:
- stronger high streets
- liveable neighbourhoods (areas that are improved to be people-centred and more ‘liveable’. They are safe, healthy, inclusive, and attractive places where everyone can have access to better quality spaces to feel a part of a community)
- increasing local employment
- enhancing the character and sense of place
Through area wide master-planning, this plan will influence the development of new growth. It will be considerate to the character of the area, the surrounding communities and future needs of residents.
Strengthening role as a regionally important employment location and tourist destination
Prioritising people and place through diversifying land use
Increasing the use and function of green space to enhance the landscape and the environment
Delivering a sustainable transport system
Protecting existing natural and historic environments
Delivering utilities that meet the challenges of the future
Integrated approach to new development
Improving access to opportunities and education
Making a significant contribution to the region’s housing challenge
The masterplan has given local authorities, key technical stakeholders and major organisations or landowners the chance to discuss what the area looks like now and opportunities for how it might change over the next 30 years.
Stakeholder workshops – September to October 2021
We held online workshops with key stakeholders to share our initial vision for the north fringe and understand the main strengths and opportunities of the area.
Presentation of draft outputs – February 2022
We shared our early thoughts for feedback on the vision and opportunity areas for the draft masterplan with key stakeholders.
Public engagement – Friday 6 May to Sunday 19 June 2022
We held a 6-week public engagement period and held two drop-in events. People were encouraged to view information on the draft masterplan and fill in a survey.
Masterplan finalised and approved by South Gloucestershire Cabinet – October 2022
The final masterplan was amended in view of the public engagement.
Masterplan published – November 2022
You can read the final masterplan.
We will engage with residents and businesses in the north fringe.