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The Bristol Avon Flood Strategy

Flood defences are needed for the whole of Bristol. The Bristol Avon Flood Strategy sets out how we can better protect homes and businesses from flooding from the River Avon. There are no designs yet – Western Harbour masterplanners will need to work with the council’s flood risk team and the Environment Agency to ensure that flood defences are integrated into the local area, in a way that enhances public spaces, improves active travel routes, and protects heritage. Read more about flood defences for Bristol on the Flood risk strategy page on the BCC website.

The 2019 Transport Consultation

In 2019 BCC commissioned a transport feasibility study to help us better understand the options for Western Harbour’s transport network. This assessed 10 approaches to replace the Cumberland Basin Road System with new routes across the River Avon. Initial views from the community were sought on the three approaches that were considered most viable at the time. You can find a summary of these responses in the Western Harbour transport engagement report. (and appendix B here)Following this, it was decided to talk to local and citywide communities about their hopes for the for the area before deciding on any more detailed changes, leading to the Harbour Hopes engagement and the Vision for the area which will guide decisions going forwards.

A4 Portway transport improvements

These will improve bus, cycling and walking journeys along one of the main routes to and from the Western Harbour area. An engagement exercise relating to this started in July 2022. A section of the A4 Portway - from Hotwell Road, Dowry Place and Oldfield Place, including the elevated flyover system - is not in the scope of the engagement exercise as it is part of the Western Harbour project. Feedback from all engagement and consultation activities will be shared between both projects. Find out more about the A4 Portway transport improvements. The engagement closes on 17 August 2022.

The Harbour Operations Review and Harbour Vision

This Harbour Operations review will make sure that best practice is being followed with regards to the governance and legal perimeters for the Harbour. This is being done alongside the Harbour Vision which will look at the harbour holistically to imagine what the future of the harbour should look like over the next 20 years.

Bristol’s Clean Air Zone

This will be introduced in late summer 2022 to help improve air quality by reducing harmful levels of air pollution caused by traffic. It consists of a daily charge for older and more polluting vehicles driving in the zone to be reinvested back into the local community. Western Harbour falls at the westernmost boundary of the zone. Current projections estimate that it will reduce traffic in the area by 20%. It also provides an impetus to ensure the area is attractive to travel through by foot or by bike.

Spatial Development Strategy and Bristol’s Local Plan review

The West of England’s draft Spatial Development Strategy and Bristol’s emerging Local Plan will set out how the city can develop over the next 20 years to deliver the new homes and jobs we need and safeguard the environmental assets we value. Bristol’s existing Local Plan identified a number of growth and regeneration areas, including Western Harbour, to support this. This is currently under review, with a new local plan set to be adopted in 2024. For more information and to find out how you can contribute see the Local Plan Review page on the BCC website.

Other regeneration projects happening nearby

A number of other projects are happening near the Western Harbour Project Area. These include: 

  • Baltic Wharf is a housing scheme being taken forward by Goram Homes to provide much-needed new homes, including affordable homes. A planning application has been submitted and statutory consultations will be launched shortly. Find more information about Baltic Wharf.
  • Payne’s Shipyard is a private residential-led development - a planning application has been submitted which is due to be considered by Planning Committee in June 2021. Find out more information about Payne’s Shipyard here.
  • Ashton Sidings is a Homes England led development to build affordable homes. A planning application was approved for this in April 2021.