Under-fire developer unveils industrial estate plan for green belt land in Brislington

But councillors are vehemently opposed to the proposal

A three-storey office block and an industrial park would replace the former Wyevale Garden Centre off the A4 Bath Road in Brislington, under plans unveiled.

Wyevale Bristol Ltd is behind proposals for ‘Hickgate Green’ on the 11-acre green belt site which have been made public as part of a consultation ending on July 21.

The development would be next to the allotment site and a 38-acre piece of land which Bellway Homes want to create a new housing estate withj up to 555 homes.

It comes at a time the site owner, Wyevale Bristol Ltd, is facing four enforcement notices for alleged harm to green belt land, including accusations it is now using the site as a builder’s yard and scaffold storage yard.

The development is planned for the former Wyevale Garden Centre site in Brislington

The firm’s planning agent Stokes Morgan Planning has since appealed, claiming the green belt status is irrelevant as the site will soon be earmarked for development under a new Bristol Local Plan for the next 20 years.

The same agent is running the consultation on the company’s new plans, which can be seen here. They include a new junction at the entrance to the site where a three-storey office building would also be situated.

Seven two-storey industrial blocks for offices or light industry use would also be situated across the site.

The plans also state that ‘established vegetation along the site boundaries’ would be kept.

3D plans show the office block at the top right of the picture along with the office/industrial blocks across the rest of the site

But the plans have already being opposed.

Lib Dem councillors for West Brislington, Andrew Varney and Jos Clark, wrote on Facebook: “We believe that these proposals represent an unacceptable development of the Green Belt.

“We are of course not opposed to developments on brownfield sites and here in Brislington West we are supportive of several brownfield developments including Flowers Hill, Paintworks and John Peer.

“However, with a climate and ecological emergency, our green spaces have never been more important and so we are vehemently opposed to this development.”

If the company wanted to proceed with the plans after the public consultation, a planning application would need to be submitted to Bristol City Council.