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Bristol Floating Harbour has been progressively turned around from a redundant dock into a vibrant mixed use, cultural destination in the heart of city centre. Local authority played a leading role.
The focus of local policy in the 1960s and early 1970s was on growth, "modernising" the city, the central area redevelopment. Limited scope for public involvement in planning caused growing protest against insensitive redevelopment by conservation and residents organisations
The first stage (finding appropriate uses to regenerate the docks, increasing market confidence, mobilising investment) happened
1978 with the adoption of the Dock's...
Former railway land including railway works buildings became redundant in the 1980's as a consequence of coal mining industry closure.
Strategic town centre land, in a small ex mining community in fragmented land ownership acting as a blockage to growth and progress in the wider town.
Lack of Planning Policy Framework (responsibility of Local Government) to enable comprehensive development growth and investment strategy - seen as a poor place to invest.
Private sector led initiatives were not comprehensive and did not address community need - fierce objection from the community meant the initiatives were put on hold.
The Norton Radstock Regeneration...
The Harbourside scheme in Bristol centres on the Canons Marsh site (33 acres), close to the city centre and remained 1990 largely undeveloped. Land ownership was shared between three parties. One of the early successes was to bring together the private landowners and the City Council as the Harbouside Sponsors Group with an agreed framework for development. The City Council used statutory powers to secure the development of the site enabling the city centre to fight back against out of town competition, with packages of funding. As sources of public finance were very limited, continuing partnership with English Heritage and English Partnerships plus agreements with private developers...
The Newhall Valley Country Park with a total area of 67 ha is situated in the urban fringe and incorporated the building of 600 new homes and the establishment of a sustainable urban drainage system. The site is located along the watercourse of the Plantsbrook and it links two mainly residential areas. The original land use was arable farmland with some historic wetland grazing meadows and wet woodland. It is a piece of “captured countryside” with a working 17th century water mill. Key issues of the project included the enhancement of social and ecological qualities, a high citizen’s and stakeholder involvement as well as innovative cross funding.
W.Riverside is a 20Ha former industrial site to the west of Bath but within the city limits. it is a major opportunity for this World Heritage city, constrained by tight development limits and a green belt, to increase its population within the urban bounds. The site is adjacent to the River Avon, but is poorly related to the waterside as a result of flood defences and piling. The proposal, as a result of the extensive consultation, is to enhance the interface in the longer term and improve access to the riverside. The proposal is for a mixed residential, retail and small business development, seeking to achieve maximum local self sufficiency. The eastern end of the development will...