Plans for 400 flats on former Peugeot dealership site in Bristol

A developer in Bristol is planning to build hundreds of new homes on the site of an old Peugeot dealership opposite Temple Meads station.

Dandara has acquired the former Robins & Day site next to Bath Road Bridge, which closed in March.

The two-acre, brownfield site is part of Bristol City Council’s Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh Regeneration Area. The council has plans for a new ‘mixed-use quarter’, which will deliver thousands of new homes for the city.

Dandara is now entering talks with city council planning officers to work on a scheme which could see as many as 400 new homes built there.

“The former Robins & Day Peugeot dealership site is extremely well-located for new homes, given it is opposite Temple Meads train station and within an easy walk or bike ride of the city centre,” said Dandara Living’s senior development manager, Zoe Sharpe.

“We’re extremely pleased to have acquired this brownfield site and look forward to sharing our draft plans with the community at some point in the first few months of 2022.”

The company also has planning permission to build more than 300 homes at Little Paradise, part of the Bedminster Green regeneration.

Dandara were named as the Bristol City Council’s ‘development partners’ at Little Paradise, despite a big backlash to their plans for a 16-storey tower block and a three-level multi-storey car park on the site of the Little Paradise car park in Bedminster.

The council intervened to get Dandara to buy one of the Little Paradise car parks and build 21 affordable homes on it, and with 316 new flats in total, the Little Paradise plan – which Dandara won permission for almost two years ago – is delivering 7% affordable new homes.

Across Malago Road, on the fifth plot of the Bedminster Green development scheme, Dandara have submitted a planning application for 350 new homes, in an application which meets the council’s 30% affordable housing policy.

There, though, the controversy has been the fate of the existing businesses that operate on the sites along the railway line that are being moved out by the development.

“If we secure planning permission for our other Bedminster Green scheme – known as ‘plot 5’ – and this new Clarence Road site, we will be building more than 1,000 new homes for the city, helping deliver the Mayor’s commitment to 2,000 new homes a year by 2024,” added Ms Sharpe.

“At Dandara Living we are extremely proud of the homes we build. We were recently awarded the top 5-star rating in the Home Builders Federation’s annual New Homes Survey after more than 90% of our customers said they would recommend us to family and friends,” she added.

Dandara’s plans for the Robins & Day Peugeot garage will be made public in early 2022, the company said.