For the uninitiated at present this is a light industrial site that lies north of the junction of Bellotts Road and the Lower Bristol Road. Environmentally it is currently pretty uninspiring.
For cyclists the proposal effectively provides an opportunity to start extending the Two Tunnels route to the north, and on Wed 14 Jan 15 myself and two TT committee members attended a presentation given by Deely Freed (DF) in advance of them submitting an outline planning application.
The DF team were all well aware of TT and the Bristol-Bath path and some of them use them on a regular basis. While the footprint they are directly responsible for developing lies inside both paths they are recommending infrastructure that will allow additional elements to be built if and when later development takes place.
a. a toucan crossing into the site from the north end of Bellotts Road
b. space for ramped access (and steps) up to the approach to the old Midland Rail bridge
c. a link across Windsor Bridge into the Western Riverside development when the opportunity presents itself.
They were also cognizant of the potential to utilize the wide path across Windsor Bridge which could link in to the riverside path opposite the new Tescos on the Upper Bristol Road (UBR), although they had some reservations about its width. (Evidently no-one knows who owns the bit of path from UBR to the Riverside path which doesn’t entirely help.)
Within the site a pedestrian/cyclist shared use path would run round the back of the site thereby avoiding most vehicular traffic. A bit roundabout but would lead to a nice area overlooking the river. A more direct route would also be available via an access road (for the occasional bin/delivery lorry etc).
The site in question does not include the buildings that abuts north to Windsor Bridge (including BBC Audio Books) which evidently have leases running for another 4 or 5 years and would be part of a later development stage.
According to DF the move of Homebase to this site as a result of the Sainsbury Green Park redevelopment has not been a consideration: draw your own conclusions about Sainsburys Green Park.
All in all we came away fairly happy.
e-images of the display boards and a record of Q&As are being provided which I will post up when I get them, although I’m not sure when that will be.