FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We have anticipated some of your most common questions about the proposals for Baltic Wharf. If your question isn't listed below, please get in touch by visiting the contact page or by sending an email to hello@balticwharfhomes.com.
Why build new homes at Baltic Wharf?

Bristol City Council is committed to make the most of the development land available in the city to build the new homes and infrastructure the city desperately need. This recognises the dramatic shift in demographic behaviour with residents of Bristol now living in or close to the city centre in the last 20 years.

This urban renaissance has led to apartment living becoming commonplace in Bristol. The more successful schemes combine homes with cafes, shops, community uses, and workplaces to create vibrant spaces with high-quality public realm.


Why do we need more new homes?

It is widely acknowledged that the current housing crisis has led to the under provision of housing and particularly affordable housing within Bristol. Although much is being done in the City to address the crisis, there are hard-felt social impacts. There are key issues with affordability (both in house and rental prices), rough sleeping, and lack of social housing. People are having to live with their parents for longer, or otherwise are forced to uproot from the neighbourhood they called home. Bristol currently has over 13,000 families on the affordable housing register and a further 710 people in temporary accommodation.

According to Ocean Finance, 69% of would-be first time buyers are priced out of the market and Bristol has seen one of the steepest increases in property prices in the country. Comparing house prices in Bristol to those in other Core Cities in the decade between 2008 and 2018 indicated that Bristol had the highest average housing costs of all the Core Cities in this period, and also the highest percentage increase – over 56%, compared to a UK average increase in costs of just over 32%.


What will happen to the Caravan Club?

The Caravan Club are hoping to move to the old Police Horse and Dog Training Centre on Clanage Road. Their planning application was approved (planning reference 20/01930/F) but this has to be ratified by central Government.


Is there any commercial space provided?

We are looking at including some retail, food and beverage and possibly some local social enterprises in the scheme. It would be on the ground floor overlooking the harbour. This will help enhance activity in this corner of the harbour and helps define Baltic Wharf as a new destination.


What type of homes are proposed?

The proposals include 166 homes, which will be predominantly two-bedroom as well as a smaller propotion of one- and three-bedroom homes. 40% (66) will be affordable housing, including social rent and some shared ownership homes.

All apartments exceed Nationally Designed Space Standards and all have private amenity space, either as ground floor gardens, terraces or balconies. Furthermore, 88% of apartments will have direct or oblique views towards water.


What kind of affordable housing is proposed?

Affordable housing represents 40% of all new homes proposed, with 77% of affordable housing provided as Social Rent and 23% as Shared Ownership.

Tenure is distributed with separate entrances and circulation cores to assist in housing management and ownership. All shared ownership apartments are accessed from a single core.

All apartments are designed to the same generous space standards and have the same provision of private amenity. The podium gardens space in the west of the site is accessible to private and affordable apartments. Car parking is provided for all tenure types.


How much car and cycle parking will be provided?

Whilst accepting the reality that some residents will use private cars, we are seeking to encourage future residents to make use of more sustainable methods of transport. 78 new car parking spaces will be provided (including a minimum of 20% with electric charging points), representing a ratio of no more than 0.5 car parking spaces per new home proposed. These will be situated below a podium garden deck or behind the buildings on the eastern boundary. No parking will be visible on the public route.

The proposals also include 312 cycle parking spaces, in accordance with council policy, located in secure stores and 2-tier stands within the buildings and communal areas.


Do the proposals include any green features such as trees?

The site is currently 83% hard standing with some existing trees. Some of these trees will sadly need to be removed however, these have a relatively low ecological value, short lifespan remaining, and provide an opportunity to replace them with a greater variety and quality.

The new planting will be semi-mature trees, not saplings, and will include cherry, birch, alder, hornbeam and beech, and also new shrubs and perennials.

It is all designed to deliver high ecological value, providing a good habitat for birds, invertebrates and pollinators. Moreover, where we proposing green to help enhance their ecological value.



How will bins be stored and collected?

As much of the public realm as possible has be designated as vehicle free. Because of the limited access for refuse vehicles, the strategy for refuse storage and collection is to have a managed system, with individual refuse stores associated with each residential core, in the lower ground floor, sized in accordance with local policy, to house the correct number of bins for the units served by the core.

For refuse collection, the site management company would then transfer all bins to a centralised collection store at the upper ground floor of Building E, near the front of the site. From here the bins will be emptied by the refuse vehicle, and then the management company would return them to their individual stores around the site. The threshold access for the collection store will be flush with the external ground level.

The same system is proposed to apply to all commercial premises. Shared refuse stores are provided for commercial use on the lower ground floor, in accordance with local policies, and bins will be transferred to the central store on collection day.

Servicing and refuse collection will take place on site within the vehicle access arrival space at the Cumberland Road entrance and vehicle turning has been tracked with swept path analysis to determine this arrangement. A parking bay has been designated within this vehicle area, next to the collection store, providing ease of access for the local refuse vehicles.

All bins stores have been sized to accord with BCC policies.


Isn't there a conflict of interest with Goram Homes being part of Bristol City Council who will be determining the planning application?

Goram is owned by Bristol City Council but is kept at arm's length. Nevertheless, it is not uncommon for Councils to submit their own applications and Officers treat them no differently to public applications, if anything, they are often harder on them. We will still consider all feedback and want to deliver a quality development, with high levels of affordable housing, that meets our, and the cities principles.

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