New town on airfield will accommodate 6,500 people

Filton Town Council has been hearing about the latest plans for the redevelopment of Filton Airfield – including 1,700 ‘affordable’ homes and a retirement living section.

Simon Fitton, the Technical Director of Planning at YTL, which is redeveloping Filton Airfield into the new community of Brabazon, addressed the town council.

He gave an update to councillors on progress with the development and answered a series of questions put to him by councillors.

Quizzed about the road infrastructure, he said the A38 junction has started and is nearly complete but there will be some disruption and there have been delays due to BT fibre being situated where it wasn’t mean to be.

Next year, YTL will be building the main Runway Avenue Metrobus route through the development.

For housing, the scheme is now planned to have accommodation for 6,500 people. In addition to the standard housing and flats there will be:

1500 bed student rooms, to be built by September 2026. This will not be affiliated to one university or college and plans are in pllace to mitigate any parking issues for nearby residents.

A build to rent scheme

1,700 affordable homes in a new planning application … up to 26% from 17% in current permission

A retirement living section.

Cllr Darryl Collins asked about the employment plans and said the development seemed to be moving away from the original aim as an ‘aerospace park’ with 10,000 jobs.

Mr Fitton said he believed the current plans meant around 30,000 jobs would be created.

In addition there will be three new schools, a health centre, community facilities and over 35 hectares of new public green spaces, including the largest new urban park in the south west for 50 years.

In 2020, the company also received consent to re-imagine the iconic Brabazon Hangars – where every UK Concorde was built – into a supersonic 17,000 capacity arena for Bristol.