Save Hengrove Park

A new planning application to build 1450 dwellings as well as some employment space has been submitted by Bristol City Council on behalf of Mayor Marvin Rees and his Labour administration.

The application can be found here:

The plan is very similar to the one refused by the Development Control Committee in February because of its failure to follow the Hengrove and Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan (which was adopted by referendum also in February).

Some minor changes have been made - the size of the sports pitches have been increased following an objection by Sport England that the previously proposed pitches were undersized. Housing has been pulled back a little from the woodland to the north of the site so less trees will be lost. The allotments will be moved off site. All together these changes result in about an additional 2 hectares of parkland.

This though is far short of what is required in the Neighbourhood Plan that puts forward a park of around 30 hectares, protects the historic runway space, connects the park to the Hengrove Mounds wildlife area and ensures a full provision of community facilities. 

The Neighbourhood Plan can be read in full here:

We are calling on residents to support the Neighbourhood Plan, ensure we have the right balance between development and parks and sports facilities and to oppose this application. Please sign the petition, share it on social media and via email, and write in an objection on the planning portal site above.


We call on Mayor Marvin Rees and Bristol City Council to withdraw the planning application for Hengrove Park (19/02632/PB) that fails to comply with the Neighbourhood Plan.

We oppose this application that fails to follow the park first approach with too small a park, builds more dwellings at a lower density at a cost of open space which contravenes the Neighbourhood Plan. We call on Bristol City Council's Development Control Committee to once again refuse permission due to the continued conflict with the adopted Neighbourhood Plan.

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