Key opportunities and challenges
Western Harbour is central to the continuing regeneration of Bristol’s city centre and the floating harbour. A significant gateway to the city, with its spectacular setting, it has the potential to grow.
The harbourside has become arguably one of the city’s best loved destinations – a place where people increasingly want to live, work, and spend their leisure time. Western Harbour represents an opportunity to further expand and enhance the harbourside offer, deliver affordable housing, celebrate maritime heritage, and ensure flood defences are fit for the 21st century.
We have the opportunity to unlock space for sustainable and affordable homes close to the city centre, create new jobs, provide sustainable travel options, create good-quality public space and improve access to the water. This will support Bristol’s economy by improving connections between homes, jobs and the rest of the city.
Western Harbour has been identified as one of the growth and regeneration areas in the Local Plan Review (2019). This sets out the intention to develop Western Harbour:
- a mixed and inclusive community
- diverse land uses
- opportunities for new homes, workspace, leisure and services