The Greenbank community voice their priorities for the redevelopment of Bristol’s former Chocolate Factory site

05 Aug 2014

Greenbank residents and interested local people expressed their support for the redevelopment of Bristol’s long-derelict former Chocolate Factory site at an event held at Easton Community Centre recently.

The open forum, hosted by new site owners Generator South West (GSW), provided an opportunity for local people to have their say and ask questions on an early stage concept masterplan produced by the GSW design team.

The event was attended by over 180 people, of which 82% of the respondents stated they found the event useful. This followed an initial programme of consultation activities that included an online ideas gathering exercise through a dedicated project website and Twitter feed.

64% of respondents indicated that providing public open space for use by the local community was very important. Furthermore, over 50% indicated that the creation of a pedestrian and cycle access onto the Bristol & Bath Railway Path and creating new flexible employment space on the site were very important.

James Barnes, Development Director at Generator South West commented:

“We are delighted that so many local people came along to talk to us last week and let us know what their aspirations are for the redevelopment of the site, which has remained an eyesore for many local residents for a number of years.”

“The response to the concept masterplan was overwhelmingly positive, particularly with regards to the proposal to include new community open space and workshop space, which could accommodate local creative enterprises and artists.”

“We are still at a very early stage in the planning and design process. The next stage is to consider how the scheme should take shape, in light of the useful feedback we have received so far, before producing detailed designs to present to the local community at a further public event.”