Bristol City Council to buy two car parks as part of Temple Quarter regeneration plan

Portwall Lane Car Park in Bristol
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Bristol City Council looks set to buy two car parks as part of its massive Temple Quarter regeneration plan. The Temple Quarter project aims to build several thousand new homes in the area around Temple Meads train station.

Next week council bosses are likely to sign off plans for the next stage of the project. That involves buying a small car park just outside the train station, and putting an option on a larger car park in Redcliffe, where 120 homes are planned to be built, off Portwall Lane.

The small car park is on Lower Station Approach, and can be seen by people leaving the station and walking down the small hill towards the main road. The decision on progressing the next stage will be taken by councillors on the strategy and resources committee on Monday, July 15.

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How the Portwall Lane car park development could look -Credit:Goram Homes/Knight Frank
How the Portwall Lane car park development could look -Credit:Goram Homes/Knight Frank

A committee report said: “The development programme aims to deliver 10,000 new homes, thousands of new jobs, and new and improved sustainable infrastructure and public spaces across 130 hectares of central Bristol, around Temple Meads station and St Philips Marsh.

“The inclusion of the site [at Lower Station Approach] improves the development opportunity for quality placemaking around the station forecourt and its interface with Temple Gate. The acquisition of the site would also provide much-needed construction and compound space.”

The Temple Quarter regeneration is a joint project between the council, the West of England Combined Authority, and Homes England. Later this year a developer will be hired to actually build the new housing, commercial space and infrastructure.

It’s unclear how much both plots of land are valued at. This financial information is normally kept confidential, due to it being deemed “commercially sensitive”. The regeneration project also includes massive changes to the area around Temple Meads, with new shops and cafes.