Homes England consults public on draft masterplan for Kleeneze site in Hanham

Homes England is staging a public consultation event into redevelopment plans for the former Kleeneze site in Hanham.

The Government agency has drawn up proposals for the brownfield site off Anstey’s Road, which is just under six acres and has been vacant for the best part of two decades. Homes England says it has been working on plans to revitalise it and create a vibrant new community which will increase footfall to local shops.

It says it is now ready to share the draft plans and receive local feedback. “Our plan is to deliver something special for Hanham and we would love to hear from the local community to find out what you think.”

With restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing rules still in place, the consultation will be digital. It will be held via Zoom on Thursday 17th June from 5.30pm to 7pm and is an opportunity to meet the team, learn about the proposals, ask questions and have a say on the plans. Comments will help shape the proposals before an outline planning application is submitted to South Gloucestershire Council.

The project website is at where you can click a link on the home page to join the online Zoom session.

A recording will be posted on the website for people to watch if they cannot join on the day. A leaflet is also being sent to residents in the surrounding area to inform them of the plans and display boards containing details of the plans will be available for the public to view in different local venues.

Tesco bought the old factory site in 2003 and finally got the go-ahead in 2012 for a superstore but years went by without work starting. At the end of 2016, Tesco announced it was scrapping its plans and put the site up for sale. In 2018 Homes England announced that it would be working with South Gloucestershire Council to bring forward 150 homes, with part of the site retained for employment use. Homes England finally acquired the site in early 2020.

Homes England has responsibility for accelerating new residential development to help meet the much recognised local and national need for new homes.

It says key aspects of the scheme include:

  • A variety of homes for local people, reflecting local need.
  • Flexible floorspace for community/employment needs.
  • A central public open space.
  • High quality design.
  • Connecting with Hanham High Street, supporting the local economy.
  • Sustainability, encouraging walking and cycling.

Anyone who has any questions or comments can also email or call Freephone 0800 25 45 185 or write to the Freepost address which is Freepost Middlemarch Consultation.

BDP has been appointed by Homes England to bring forward the masterplan for new homes at the Anstey’s Road site. BDP recently worked with local community groups to create a community hub for the new Mulberry Park residential development in Bath and is the appointed architect for the refurbishment project of the Palace of Westminster.

Next to the derelict site to the west is Sealtech’s service yard. Homes England has applied for a new access to the yard from New Walk, which it says will allow for a more efficient use of the available space and a better layout.

The site has been quarried and mined for coal in the past and to make it suitable for redevelopment, groundworks are required. Homes England says that these will be carried out in the summer and although it is not expected that the works will cause any disturbance or nuisance, people living nearby will be kept informed.

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