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November/December 2019


Council announces plans for housing on Northern Slopes green space and ex-Torpoint Flats uphill of Kingswear Road. Exhibition on Thursday 5th December - at Filwood Community Centre and Knowle West Media Centre

The City Council are announcing their plans for housing on Northern Slopes green space and ex-Torpoint Flats area on Thursday 5th December.

There are two events - 2pm to 4pm at Filwood Community Centre; and 5pm to 7pm at Knowle West Media Centre.

After the 5th December the plans will be on view at - or at the Park, Daventry Road; Knowle West Media Centre, Filwood Community Centre, Re:Store and local libraries. We are hoping that the Council will include Marksbury Road library.

The Northern Slopes Initiative is asking people to have their say - and ask "How do the proposals affect the ability of these areas to provide high quality green spaces, with access across them, for people and wildlife - during Construction and Wildlife."

That is a long question - but we know from experience on the green space downhill of Kingswear Road - how good intentions can go wrong.

There is also a chance to influence the NSI response to the consultation on Thursday 12th December - at 7pm at the Park, Daventry Road. All welcome to come along and have a say.

We understand that the deadline for comments is end of December.

Asbestos Works underway on Housing site - West of Haldon Close

The Council have informed us that there is asbestos in the old prefab buildings which are being cleared from the area, to provide new housing.

Removal of the asbestos is underway.

Please do not enter the site while these works are underway. Fencing has been put up to stop people entering.

There is no update on when the consultation on the housing proposals will start.

Filwood Quietway/Filwood Greenway - Glyn Vale site/Wedmore Vale/St John's Lane sections:

The whole route in our area is now open for people to use.

The works are now complete except for work on tree planting due now in February 2020.

Kingswear/Torpoint/Sidford/Haldon Close development - From the City Council:

1) Housing uphill of Kingswear Road
The City Council has allowed Aster Group - - to take forward housing on this space. As the previous Planning Application back in 2013 has run out of time.

2) Housing to the west of Haldon Close
Having removed vegetation in 2018 to do surveys. We are now waiting to hear about the proposals for this area. Like the area above, the previous Planning Application back in 2013 has run out of time.

If you want to get involved in the work we are doing - or want to know more about the history of the developments - contact us on

1) Barratts Homes continue to pause their consultation process with the local community on proposals to provide up to 120 new homes on the Western Novers (between Novers Hill and Hartcliffe Way). We await further information. The Western Slopes are the only green space link between the Slopes and green spaces the other side of Hartcliffe Way.

2) Knowle West Regeneration Framework

Between 2008 and 2012 the City Council developed the Framework which is driving the regeneration of Knowle West, including changes to the Slopes. The Framework runs until 2030.

The current Framework is in part based on the Option 2 developed by the then Knowle West Residents Planning Group. Knowle West Future is the successor to the Residents Planning Group.

For further information on the Regeneration go to:

For further information on Knowle West Future go to; or follow on Twitter @KWestfuture; or email -

Alternatively, if you want to get involved in this work, or find out more about the history of the Framework please contact us on