Local groups exchange ideas for the regeneration of the former Chocolate Factory site in Greenbank

19 Jun 2014

Generator South West LLP has embarked upon a programme of community consultation events to capture the ideas of the Greenbank residents - as well as the wider Bristol community - on their plans to redevelop the former Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory site.

Interested local groups, including local planning group Chocbox 2.0, were invited to participate in a workshop event at the Easton Community Centre on Friday 13th June, where a number of local groups discussed their aspirations and priorities for the derelict site, which has been the subject of a number of failed redevelopment proposals in the past.

The workshop event followed an ideas-gathering exercise earlier this year, to which Generator invited the entire local community to submit their ideas for the site via their website. These ideas formed the basis of the discussion at Friday’s workshop event.

Generator has been encouraged by the range of positive ideas and suggestions received so far and will now proceed to work up design proposals which balance the community’s aspirations with the commercial constraints that this long-derelict site presents.

A further event is planned for July, to which the entire local residential community will be invited to have their say on plans, which will now be worked-up in conjunction with architectural practice Architecture 519 following the recent ideas-gathering phase and workshop event.

Tom Morrissey, Senior Development Manager at Generator South West LLP said:

“We really enjoyed listening to the ideas and ambitions of the local community for the site at the workshop event on Friday. It’s clear that there are many local people who are passionate about seeing this site redeveloped to become a real asset to the local community.”

“The next stage for us is to go away and come back with the best possible scheme to balance the aspirations of the local community with commercial constraints, finally kick-starting the long awaited regeneration of this iconic site.”

“We look forward to speaking to local people in around a month’s time with some firm ideas and remain committed to continuing the conversation with various interested local groups who wish to be involved in the process.”