Introduction

Failand is itself in a highly sustainable location, close to Bristol as well as the northern towns and villages of North Somerset and is on an existing and important transport corridor between Clevedon, Nailsea, Failand and Bristol. To create a more sustainable environment, a development will enable more frequent public transport services, reducing the reliance on private vehicle journeys and will include the creation of new local social and community facilities for residents of all ages.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic this website will form an integral part of how Harrow engages and keeps the community and stakeholders informed of how their proposals are shaped including consultations, updates and news.

Introduction

Failand is itself in a highly sustainable location, close to Bristol as well as the northern towns and villages of North Somerset and is on an existing and important transport corridor between Clevedon, Nailsea, Failand and Bristol. To create a more sustainable environment, a development will enable more frequent public transport services, reducing the reliance on private vehicle journeys and will include the creation of new local social and community facilities for residents of all ages.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic this website will form an integral part of how Harrow engages and keeps the community and stakeholders informed of how their proposals are shaped including consultations, updates and news.

VISION

Through a Placemaking led approach, Harrow Estates is committed to working collaboratively with the Council, stakeholders and the community and create beautiful new homes in a landscape-led setting. A place with a strong identity which Failand residents would be proud to call home. 

VISION

Through a Placemaking led approach, Harrow Estates is committed to working collaboratively with the Council, stakeholders and the community and create beautiful new homes in a landscape-led setting. A place with a strong identity which Failand residents would be proud to call home. 

Sustainable and Connected 

Failand offers the best of town and country living… close to Bristol and Clifton and benefitting from frequent bus services and a network of walking and cycling routes. Failand lies on an existing under-utilised transport corridor which connects Clevedon, Nailsea and Failand to Bristol via the B3128 (Clevedon Road). This corridor has been upgraded in recent years and offers significant potential for growth.

Minimising Green Belt Impacts 

Well defined and visually enclosed by defining plantations to the south, Failand is also home to the playing fields of several Bristol schools, sports clubs and its supporting facilities. The land sits at the interface of the settlement edge and these surrounding landscape features and therefore presents the opportunity to create a well defined, contained and sensitively considered addition to the settlement. 

Enhancing Failand through Placemaking 

The land at Failand is available, viable and deliverable. With the benefits of its sustainable location and setting, the land at Failand offers significant potential to deliver sustainable new homes whilst meeting the Council’s spatial objectives. The evolving masterplan shows how the new development could integrate with the existing community and provide significant benefits for Failand residents. 

THE SITES

Failand and the land surrounding are within the extensively defined Bristol-Bath Green Belt. North Somerset recognised through the Choices consultation that a degree of Green Belt release is likely to be required – it is an element of three out of the four spatial approach options.

For now the sites are named A, B and C. Site A and Site B are located on ‘interface land’ which is in between the settlement edge and defined woodland features to the south. Site C is enclosed by existing hedgerows and trees along with the Site of Nature Conservation Interests framing views and providing enclosure. Collectively the land parcels are visually well contained, ideally located and present an opportunity to create a softer settlement edge to the landscape context around Failand and make best use of this interface land.

THE SITES

Failand and the land surrounding are within the extensively defined Bristol-Bath Green Belt. North Somerset recognised through the Choices consultation that a degree of Green Belt release is likely to be required – it is an element of three out of the four spatial approach options.

For now the sites are named A, B and C. Site A and Site B are located on ‘interface land’ which is in between the settlement edge and defined woodland features to the south. Site C is enclosed by existing hedgerows and trees along with the Site of Nature Conservation Interests framing views and providing enclosure. Collectively the land parcels are visually well contained, ideally located and present an opportunity to create a softer settlement edge to the landscape context around Failand and make best use of this interface land.

CONSTRAINTS

Harrow Estates works diligently to understand the physical constraints of sites to enable effective placemaking.

CONSTRAINTS

Harrow Estates works diligently to understand the physical constraints of sites to enable effective placemaking.

TECHNICAL WORK

Underpinning our considerations is a whole host of technical work undertaken by leading consultants to enable effective considerations to develop the land and mitigate its impact.

TECHNICAL WORK

Underpinning our considerations is a whole host of technical work undertaken by leading consultants to enable effective considerations to develop the land and mitigate its impact.

This includes proper assessment of significant aspects of the built and natural environment, including:

  • planning and planning policy;
  • Green Belt;
  • landscape character, topography and views;
  • ecology and trees;
  • heritage and historic field boundaries;
  • access strategy and highways;
  • flooding, drainage and services; and
  • masterplanning.

As well as this work Harrow Estates, part of the Redrow Group, is significantly committed to decarbonising the built environment and reducing our impact on the environment.

Redrow Group has contributed to the UK Green Building Council’s Climate Commitment Platform and Climate Leadership Model, an online tool designed to profile the headline commitments and carbon targets of built environment organisations.

The Group’s sustainability drive focuses in a number of areas including:

  • wildlife and biodiversity;
  • change and carbon reduction;
  • sustainable procurement; and
  • waste and recycling.

Further information about our detailed work to date and the group’s commitment to sustainability can be found in our Vision Document, recently submitted to North Somerset Council as part of the Choices for the Future consultation.

DRAFT MASTERPLAN

Harrow and Redrow are committed to Placemaking and delivering sustainable communities. With this in mind a landscape led masterplan process will enable the most appropriate, connected, integrated and connected development proposals to be shaped.

DRAFT MASTERPLAN

Harrow and Redrow are committed to Placemaking and delivering sustainable communities. With this in mind a landscape led masterplan process will enable the most appropriate, connected, integrated and connected development proposals to be shaped.

This landscape led masterplan could accommodate up to 500 new homes and a range of local, social and community infrastructure including the possibility of uses including:

  • a primary school;
  • affordable housing;
  • highways improvements and links;
  • improved public transport;
  • supporting flexible living and working;
  • sports activities and natural play;
  • community facilities; and
  • a local post office.

Following the drafting of these initial concepts, we are keen to get the views of residents and stakeholders, to get the balance of uses right and ensure what is conceived is the most appropriate development for Failand.

As identified by the Council, people value the open countryside and the Covid-19 pandemic has increased our value of it. While the land at Failand would result in loss of Green Belt land, it would not contribute to sprawling of urban areas or the coalescence of settlements. New homes in this location would in fact increase the accessibility of the countryside for existing and future residents by increasing both provision and pedestrian linkages. Failand is surrounded by countryside with a good network of public rights of way providing access to:

  • 298 hectares of Local Green Space north east of Long Ashton;
  • Local Green Space at Peel Park and Long Ashton Village Hall;
  • Various publicly accessible woodlands;
  • Nearby historic parks and gardens and other places of interest; and
  • The general open countryside.

RESPONDING TO COMMENTS

Harrow Estates recently engaged in consultation with stakeholders and the local community regarding its promotion of land at Failand through the emerging North Somerset Local Plan process. The team continues to work on the evolution of the scheme taking in to account the comments received through the consultation. The below examples are some of the ways in which Harrow is doing this. We recently presented the consultation response to Long Ashton Parish Council. You can view the presentation here.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Are you aware of the local need for both market and affordable housing both locally in Failand and within North Somerset?

A majority awareness of the need for housing including affordable homes. As Councillors have rightly pointed out, there is an affordability crisis in North Somerset. Failand currently has no affordable properties at all and the new development would increase the affordable provision from 0 to 175 homes.

SUSTAINABLE & PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Would you be more likely to use public transport if there were more frequent services?

80% of residents who responded were not regular users of public transport and considered that the current bus provision is not regular enough. Almost one third of people would use public transport more regularly if the frequency of services was greater.

In response to this… Harrow and their team are in active discussion with Brompton Bike Hire and Enterprise Car Club to deliver mobility hubs across the site. The mobility hubs will be designed to provide a highly visible central point within the development different modes of travel can be accessed by everybody; bus, bike hire, car hire and potentially even delivery lockers designed to reduce delivery van movements through the residential streets.

CYCLING & ROAD SAFETY

Respondents were concerned that the surrounding roads were unsafe for cyclists, despite there being evidence that the local roads are well used by cyclists.

In response to this… Harrow has worked together with Sustrans, a national charity who are custodians of the National Cycle Network (NCN) to understand how the community in Failand can be connected to the NCN. Two routes are currently under consideration with one recognised by Sustrans as being immediately deliverable as an upgrade of the existing Public Right of Way – shown on the map by route LA12/29/30.

GREEN BELT & OPEN SPACE

Sensitivities were raised about the loss of Green Belt land and the need for more trees. The publicly accessible outside space was welcomed by consultees.

In response to this… Harrow’s proposals would reinstate 26 hectares of open space which represents almost exactly what was lost from the Sixty Acre Plantation when Failand was built. The planting of new trees alongside other species rich areas will increase biodiversity and provide benefits to the wider environmental agenda.

LOW CARBON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Residents and stakeholders made it clear that a sensitive development, in keeping with the rural nature of the area would be most appropriate. This was underpinned by a desire to see a sustainable and environmentally conscious development built.

In response to this… Harrow has appointed Sustainability Consultants and the specification of materials used in the building fabric have been reviewed as well as the introduction of new, low carbon and renewable technologies. The use of low energy and efficient products alongside system efficiency gains will result in exceeding anticipated future standards.

SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Respondents felt that as the residential areas grew, access to appropriate amenities to reduce outward travel from the village should be provided, including a school, shops, doctors, dentists, outdoor space for some leisure and exercise.

In response to this… Harrow’s existing masterplan shows a significant focus on social infrastructure including a school, leisure uses, areas of play and recreation and a local centre.

ABOUT US

Harrow Estates has a proven track record in transforming complex sites into quality places to live and as part of Redrow Group, all sites promoted through the planning system by Harrow will be developed by Redrow Homes. Redrow is currently developing nearby sites Woodborough Grange, Winscombe and Frenchay Gardens, Bristol and has recently completed the development at Lawrence Green, Stoke Gifford.

ABOUT US

Harrow Estates has a proven track record in transforming complex sites into quality places to live and as part of Redrow Group, all sites promoted through the planning system by Harrow will be developed by Redrow Homes. Redrow is currently developing nearby sites Woodborough Grange, Winscombe and Frenchay Gardens, Bristol and has recently completed the development at Lawrence Green, Stoke Gifford.

YOUR VIEWS

Harrow Estates is continuing to commission further surveys and related work to evolve initial proposals. As part of the design evolution process, we would like to work in partnership or without prejudice with residents and stakeholders including North Somerset Council, Wraxall and Failand Parish Council, neighbouring parishes and other stakeholders. If you would like more information about the work undertaken to understand and respond to constraints and identify opportunities, you can access the Vision Document prepared by Harrow Estates and submitted recently to North Somerset Council by clicking the button below.

YOUR VIEWS

Harrow Estates is continuing to commission further surveys and related work to evolve initial proposals. As part of the design evolution process, we would like to work in partnership or without prejudice with residents and stakeholders including North Somerset Council, Wraxall and Failand Parish Council, neighbouring parishes and other stakeholders. If you would like more information about the work undertaken to understand and respond to constraints and identify opportunities, you can access the Vision Document prepared by Harrow Estates and submitted recently to North Somerset Council by clicking the button below.

CONTACT US

Harrow Estates has appointed Community Consultants, TFA, who are available 24/7 to assist in answering queries or providing help with access to information.

CONTACT US

Harrow Estates has appointed Community Consultants, TFA, who are available 24/7 to assist in answering queries or providing help with access to information.

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TFA, Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 1TF

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