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This page gives you updates about what is going on the Slopes. It is usually updated at least once a month.

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June 2019


1) Changes to the Park Centre, Daventry Road - Public Consultation 12th June, 4 to 8pm.

Working together with Bristol City Council and The Park, the Department for Education has acquired part of The Park site for the new 900 space school which will be run by Multi-Academy Trust, Oasis Community Learning. The Park itself will continue in a new building next to the School.

The consultation will be an informal drop-in style event where you can meet team members from the Park and the new School and find out more about the scope of both projects and the approach to developing these proposals over the next few months.

From Wednesday 12 June the initial consultation material will be available at

The Park and the Department for Education/Oasis Community Learning will be submitting a joint planning application to Bristol City Council in late August/early September 2019.

2) Old Prefab area - west of Haldon Close - vegetation cleared
The Council are now pushing ahead with building housing on this area, in advance of re-applying for planning permission as the 2015 permission has run out of time.

It is likely that consultations on the development will be carried out shortly.

3) Filwood Quietway - Glyn Vale open space - Cycleway construction started on Monday 12th February of 9th March - NOW OPEN

Construction and wildflower seeding has now finished.
Planting of trees and shrubs will be in the autumn of this year.

For the background to this see the BCC website -

For other parts of the Quietway from the Slopes to Victoria Park see below

Filwood Quietway proposals - Wedmore Vale/St John's Lane sections:

The Council consulted on proposals on the Quietway along Wedmore Vale (from Wingfield Road) to St John's Lane (Almorah Road) in 2017, which provide for pedestrian and cycle crossings, road humps and cycling routes.

The works are likely to finish in July 2019.

Wedmore Vale between St John's Lane and south (uphill) of the junction of Wedmore Vale/Glyn Vale and Wingfield Road is likely to be closed between 7pm and 6am, or for longer periods. Check roadside notices when this is likely to happen. Diversions will be in place via St John's Lane, Redcatch Road (Hill), Axbridge Road, Broadwalk, Daventry Road and vice versa.

Details of the proposals are here -

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

1) Housing uphill of Kingswear Road and Haldon Close.
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.

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
Ex Marksbury Road College/Oasis Marksbury Road Academy - From Homes England and City Council -

1) Homes and the engineering block behind the new primary School:

A planning application for 74 new homes, roads and the conversion of the existing "engineering" block was put in at the end of May 2016.

In June 2018 the contractor Galliford Try put in an application to demolish the Engineering block and replace it with 6 homes.

The designs in 2015 did not put a set of steps and path up from the site through the historic hedgerow and the small patch of woodland/scrub on the Slopes just above the Marksbury Road College Site which was an idea floated in the 2012 designs.

However, in February 2017 someone decided to reinstate the steps, and at the last minute we put an objection to this change in due to the risk of fly tipping and security concerns. The Council approved the application with the steps in, anyway. In April 2018 the steps were taken out.

Construction started in April 2017 and be completed in Spring 2019.

Contact Paul Caseley if you have queries
01454 203791

The path through the Slopes between Kingswear Road and Timsbury Road is now open again.

To look at the planning application go to:

or go to

and type in Marksbury Road or 16/02933/M into the search box.

The Design and Access statement (which is in two parts) is the best document for getting an overview.

If you want to get involved in our work on this development - or find out more about the history of the development. Please 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 current Framework is in part based on the Option 2 developed by the Planning Group.

For further information on the Regeneration go to:

For further information on Knowle West Future go to; or follow on Twitter @KWestfuture . Alternatively, 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