Generator South West proposes additional building retention in plans submitted for Greenbank’s former Chocolate Factory site

23 Dec 2015

Generator South West has now submitted a full planning application to Bristol City Council for the redevelopment of Bristol’s former Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory, after a long and inclusive consultation process with the local Greenbank community.

Since initial concept design workshops in June 2014, Generator has carried out three stages of consultation with the local community and interested organisations to gather feedback at various stages of the design development process. This has been supplemented by a strong online engagement process with a dedicated project website ( and a Twitter feed with over 460 followers.

Since the final consultation events in February 2015, Generator has worked in conjunction with their technical team, Bristol Urban Design Forum and Chocbox 2.0 to ensure that the submitted proposal represents the best possible design solution for the site, whilst ensuring that it is commercially deliverable and meets the aspirations of the community identified throughout the consultation process and in the Chocbox 2.0 Community Plan.

To this end, Generator has made a significant further investment in the site by proposing the retention of an additional Victorian-shed building, responding directly to feedback from the local community and the Chocbox 2.0 Community Association. This building, running parallel to Carlyle Road, will be converted to contain new townhouses and residential apartments and will form a visually attractive feature of the landmark redevelopment on Co-operation Road.

Furthermore, Generator remains committed to providing public open space, flexible workshop units for local employment opportunities, a flexible indoor space for community uses in the retained entrance building on the corner of Co-operation Road and Turley Road and a pedestrian and cycle route from the Bristol and Bath Railway Path to Co-operation Road.

The planning application will now be considered by Bristol City Council.

James Barnes, Development Director at Generator South West, said:

“We’re really excited about our plans for this unique site and we’re delighted to be able to propose additional building retention, after extensive technical work behind the scenes and ongoing discussions with the local community.

“We really appreciate the involvement of local community throughout the consultation process and it has been clear right from the beginning that they are very passionate about the future of this site. We have worked extremely hard to ensure that the plans submitted respond as far as possible to their aspirations for Greenbank.

“We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to deliver a development that the local community and Generator can be truly proud of and one which will leave a positive legacy for Greenbank and the city of Bristol.”