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Western Harbour

In its unique location at the entrance to Bristol’s historic harbour, the aspiration for Western Harbour is to create a vibrant neighbourhood which responds to the needs of the city and local communities.

The area has the potential to feature new homes, retail, leisure and high-quality public open spaces it will maintain and celebrate links to the water and its unique setting.  The council is currently undertaking consultation to develop a city wide vision for the future of the area that will inform and underpin a masterplan and delivery strategy.

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  • Adjacent to Bristol Floating Harbour
  • Road connections to M4/M5 motorway network
  • One mile to Bristol City Centre

What it means for Bristol

Development of our city’s places must consider longer-term place-based interventions and areas of regeneration, as well as physical and digital connectivity, parks and open spaces, the impact on the city centre, high streets and local centres, and how unlocking potential opportunities will support recovery and renewal.

By doing so we will reduce poverty and inequality, increase the city’s resilience and environmental sustainability, and to enhance the economic and social wellbeing of every community.

Western Harbour supports Bristol’s city council corporate strategy key commitments of being fair and inclusive, well connected, and prioritising wellbeing.

Strategic Alignments

To ensure regeneration is values led the Western Harbour plans sit within wider strategic aims including the One City Economic Recovery and Renewal Strategy. This should focus public policy, action and the delivery of place change that works for all.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) alignments include: 11.3, 17.3

Western Harbour CGI should cyclists and pedestrians together

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

timeline

2021

Programme of engagement

A six-month programme of engagement with citizens and business in the local area and across the city starts in summer 2021
2022-2024

Masterplan development

2024-2026

Finalising WH development scope

2027

Development work starts

Completion date – subject to detailed programme planning work

Contact the team

Jack Allan

Economic Development Officer

Claire Blackwood

Marketing Manager

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