Proposals to guide the revitalisation of the area around Mead Street, near Bristol Temple Meads, have been published.

Mead Street forms part of the Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh regeneration area, one of the biggest, most ambitious regeneration projects in the UK. Part of the first phase of the 130-hectare project, Mead Street has the potential to deliver 1,500 homes and employment space for over 500 jobs, alongside improved public spaces, and new sustainable travel routes, linking the area with the city centre and the proposed new southern entrance to Bristol Temple Meads station.

The Temple Quarter project, which is being jointly delivered by Bristol City Council, the West of England Combined Authority, Network Rail and Homes England, aims to bring up to 10,000 new homes and 22,000 new jobs to Bristol in the next 20 years.

Now, residents, businesses, developers and community groups are invited to give their feedback on a draft development brief for the Mead Street area, which sets out the vision and guiding principles for future development.

New development would be guided by four key principles. These state that Mead Street should:

  • Deliver new homes and workspaces that people are proud of and that represent the local community.
  • Provide sustainable travel routes
  • Create high-quality public places and support a low carbon neighbourhood
  • Create high-quality green space

Following feedback from the public, and if endorsed by Cabinet, the development brief would be considered alongside planning policy and a site analysis to guide future development at Mead Street. Detailed designs, including the height parameters, locations and appearances of new buildings, lie outside the scope of the brief and will be determined through detailed planning applications as individual sites within Mead Street come forward.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Our regeneration plans for Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh are unashamedly ambitious as we plan for the homes, jobs and public spaces that Bristol needs. The proposals for Mead Street in this development brief represent the next stage of this exciting project and reflect the need to bring new homes and jobs to the city while tackling the challenges of the climate and ecological emergencies. Mead Street is ideally located to take on these challenges, close to Temple Meads station and walking distance from jobs and leisure in the city centre.

“Temple Quarter will have an impact on the whole city as it becomes a world-class gateway to Bristol over the coming years. We want people from across the city to have their say on the ideas set out here, so that we can create a new neighbourhood that meets Bristolians’ needs for the future.”

The council will be hosting two drop-in events at LPW House, Princess Street, Bristol, BS3 4AG on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 June, 3.30pm to 7.30pm. People can also find out more and share their views online by visiting: Mead Street – Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and completing the consultation survey on Citizenspace by Monday 4 July.