New consultations on Vassall Centre plans announced

May 07 2022
New consultations on Vassall Centre plans announced

NEW consultations on plans to redevelop the Vassall Centre in Oldbury Court have been announced by owner Bristol Charities.

The organisation is also inviting people to get involved with its summer fair and offering subsidised bookings for its spaces to the community.

Bristol Charities wants to demolish the existing wartime buildings, which provide accessible work spaces for businesses, charities and non-profit organisations, and replace them with homes, new workspaces and community facilities.

Residents and Bristol Civic Society have raised concerns over parts of the plans, particularly the number of three-storey buildings.

A new round of consultations will now begin on May 16, when an exhibition opens at the Vassall Centre, and runs until June 6.

Consultation sessions will be held on Tuesday May 17 from 5.30pm to 7pm and Wednesday May 18 from 3.30pm to 5pm at the centre, to give people a chance to view and discuss the latest plans, give feedback and help shape the proposals before planning submission.

More information can be found online at the centre's website or by calling 0117 977 2002.

Bristol Charities says the revised plans include more detailed designs for the "landscaped heart" of the scheme, including outdoor recreational space, the accessible office hub layout, and new daylight/sunlight studies to show how the planned buildings would affect neighbouring properties.

Its team has also been reviewing ideas from a community survey about facilities people would like to see in the centre and has been "assessing the demand for early years and nursery provision in the area".

New chief executive Julian Mines said: "We are committed to working in tandem with the local community to ensure this new neighbourhood centre benefits people in the Fishponds area.  We have listened carefully to the concerns and views of local people and we hope that this next round of consultation will show how the revised approach and designs are going to create a new centre that will offer a much wider range of facilities to benefit the whole community."

The summer fair will be held at the Vassall Centre on July 2 and the charity is inviting ideas for activities, stalls, food and music. 

People who would like to get involved should email charity.wallis@bristolcharities.org.uk.

Bristol Charities is offering subsidised hire of meeting spaces at the Vassall Centre. People who are interested in using the facilities should call 0117 965 9630 for more information.