Planning application submitted for Bristol Zoo site
By Matt Hall | 20th June 2022
A planning application for the future development of the Bristol Zoo Gardens site in Clifton has been submitted to Bristol City Council by Savills, on behalf of the Bristol Zoological Society.
The society plans to sell the 12-acre site, to help fund the creation of a new Bristol Zoo at its Wild Place Project, which is said to have conservation at its heart.
Supported by Savills, Bristol Zoological Society has led the planning application for the sale of the Clifton site to ensure it protects the legacy of these important gardens, and to secure the future of the charity.
The plans outline the Society's intention to make the historic gardens accessible to the public for free, for the first time since the site opened to the public in 1836.
It is hoped features such as the Monkey Temple and the former Bear Pit will also be protected within the proposals.
Much of the gardens will remain unchanged, with improvements to the lake, the creation of a new, free nature-inspired play area, and space for community events in the existing Terrace Theatre building.
A new cafe and exhibition space will be created in the zoo entrance building and cultural, educational and community events will ensure the local community and visitors use the site.
Other plans include the creation of approximately 200 high-quality, much-needed new homes, located mainly in areas where there are already built structures. Homes will range in size to encourage different generations to live there. Around 20 percent will be affordable.
Dr Justin Morris, chief executive of Bristol Zoological Society, said: "This is an important milestone and an exciting step forward for the future of Bristol Zoological Society.
"We are confident in our plans and proud of the ambition and quality of the design proposals we have submitted. Importantly, these plans will secure the site as a vital community asset, so everyone can enjoy its beauty and heritage for many years to come."
Geraint Jones, a director in Savills planning team in Bristol, said: "After a year of building the evidence base, and consulting with both community and stakeholders, we are excited to share our proposals for the future of Bristol Zoo Gardens.
"The site represents an important piece of Bristol's heritage and we are proud of our work to ensure its positive legacy."
Wild Place Project will remain open to visitors while the new Bristol Zoo is constructed.
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