The planning committee voted for granting planning permission for a classical bridge in Bristol on the 13 July 2016. The bridge will provide great improvements for pedestrians and cyclists at a busy and dangerous junction and would allow people with physical disabilities for the first time to fully enjoy the Downs.
The bridge will be a wonderful contribution to the area and become an added site of interest along the unique circular walk around the Downs. The bridge will be almost entirely hidden within the valley and natural landscape and offer a new experience of a canopy walk through the woodlands.
This is the first time that a large stone bridge has been approved for construction during the past 100 years. Granting planning permission represents a new era for masonry arch bridge construction in the UK and Europe.
The project will offer opportunities for relearning the art of building masonry bridges, create jobs, provide training opportunities, apprenticeship programmes, create local income generation opportunities and involve arts and heritage. Local community involvement will be an integral part of the construction.
The next task is to finalise the planning conditions with Bristol City Council and set up an independent charity for the construction. Fundraising can only start after that.
The initiative is not only about building a bridge over Bridge Valley Road, but about a much larger vision to leave a legacy in Bristol and be an inspiration for generations to come.
Thank you for all those who have supported the application.
The planning application for a classical stone bridge near the top of Bridge Valley Road was resubmitted on the 5 March 2016. Once the application is registered, we are planning to organise a series of public events to provide information and gather feedback. Details of the proposal are included in the ‘Proposed design’ section.
We are currently carrying out further consultation with user groups, e.g. disabilities. While the bridge would be a great help to pedestrians and cyclists, it would make an enormous difference to people using wheelchairs or have limited vision. The steep approach and difficult crossing from Ladies Mile excludes a lot of people from accessing the Downs and act as physical and mental barriers.
The application is not a commercial one, but is representing user-groups. We are planning to organise a series of information events and resubmit the planning application early 2016. Support from user groups and individuals would make a great difference for the success of the application.
In terms of funding, we will need to raise the full cost of the bridge. We believe this is possible, as the project is a highly unique one and has already received notable recognition in Bristol and further afield. We do not want any money at the moment. Funding is a story to be pursued once planning application is granted…
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We displayed the proposal ‘Building Bridges’ in the Bristol Bright Night event, @Bristol on 25 Sept 2015. There was very positive response and lots of support for the proposed bridge. Thanks for those who came, it was very encouraging to chat and hear some great new ideas!
After the planning application was submitted to Bristol City Council in April 2015, they informed us that they were waiting for an independent report related to the Downs and were not making any decision until the report becomes available (expected towards the end of 2015). They suggested the application to be withdrawn and requested some further information.
We are hoping to resubmit the application early in 2016. We are also hoping to organise another information day and talks early 2016 to introduce updates on the proposal to anyone interested.
The planning application for a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the top of Bride Valley Road has been submitted to Bristol City Council.
The bridge would offer safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at a dangerous junction at the top of Bridge Valley Road, near the Zoo.
To be appropriate for the location and reflect the architectural style in Clifton, a classical stone bridge was selected. The bridge is designed to last 300+ years, require minimal maintenance, be viable to build and highly sustainable on the short and long-term.
A simulation of the potential masonry arch bridge design was created in time for our open day. You can view the video of the bridge on our You Tube channel.
We had a successful open day on Saturday 15 March 2014 at the Engineers House in Clifton, introducing the bridge proposals to the local community. We had a lot of interest (around 100 people turned up) and will collate all our feedback in the next month.
You can view the plans as they were featured in the media here (ITV, BBC and Bristol Post).