St Christopher’s: neighbours voice access concerns

November 30 2020

Entrance to the St Christopher's site is via Westbury Park on the Downs

Entrance to the St Christopher's site is via Westbury Park on the Downs

The St Christopher’s site on the Downs is being considered for development, as reported in last month’s issue.
No planning application has yet been submitted, but the owners of the site, Aurora Group, have produced early ideas which have been sent to Bristol City Council in what is called a ‘Pre Application Request’ to find out from planners what may and might not be possible.
One of those ideas is to create access to the St Christopher’s site via The Glen in Westbury Park, which is an issue of concern for some neighbours.
People in The Glen and Belvedere Road say they already suffer from traffic issues.
 Henleaze and Westbury Voice was contacted by a resident of The Glen over the report in our November issue, which included claims about the benefits development of the site would bring to the community.
The resident queried the reported statement from the Westbury Park Community Association about its contacts with Aurora Group, so we asked the Association for a reply.
It said: “The Community Association stands by what was presented in the November edition of Henleaze and Westbury Voice about the development of the St. Christopher’s site in Westbury Park.
“We are disappointed that a reader queried our actions and intentions with regard to securing community benefits as part of the development of the site.  The reader seems to have assumed, incorrectly, that the Association had somehow supported the very early development ideas put forward by Aurora, the current owners of the site.  The Association has not expressed any view and intends to await information and guidance from the Council before commenting properly on issues such as access, parking, and the scale and form of development.
“In the meantime the Association has helped to set up initial meetings between local residents and Aurora which have highlighted some of the major concerns of residents.  We remain committed to working with Aurora to secure a development capable of securing the support of the whole Westbury Park community.”