Stoke Park accessible path

Impression of finished path heading towards Heritage Wood

We are creating a path across Stoke Park aimed at supporting housing in Lockleaze and improving accessibility to the park.

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The project

We’ve now commenced work upgrading the paths in Stoke Park to make it easier for more people to make use of the park and to support new housing in the area.

We’re upgrading an existing path connecting Lockleaze with Jellicoe Avenue at the eastern edge of the park, to create a new all-weather accessible path for both walkers (including families with push-chairs, older people, and those with mobility difficulties) and cyclists.

At the moment, it’s difficult for people with mobility difficulties or pushchairs to enjoy the park because the paths can get muddy and the surface can be uneven. 

What will it look like?

The path construction will be made up of a geotextile membrane, graded stone and a bituminous base (there will be some local adjustment of the ground levels in places so you will see excavation taking place along the route).

When the path has been constructed over its entire length the final surfacing will be laid. This is a specialist carriageway surfacing comprising of a clear binder and natural stone aggregate. It is extremely robust and will provide a very high-quality buff coloured surface in character with the parkland.

Map of Stoke Park, showing the new path going across green areas on the northern side of the park and connecting Jellicoe Avenue to Long Wood Meadows, Romney Avenue and Sir John’s Lane.

What’s happening now?

April 2022 update

The path works are progressing well and we have almost made it as far down as Purdown Tower and gun battery.

The final surface will be laid towards the end of the works programme. This will be a very high quality material containing natural stone and will result in a light brown surface, giving the path a heritage feel.

The verges either side of the path will also be grass seeded.

We hope to complete the path works significantly ahead of schedule later this summer, although this is subject to adverse weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.  

Update November 2021:

Bristol City Council have provided planning permission, subject to conditions. You can view all supporting documents, as well as the decision, here.

Separate planning applications have been submitted to Bristol City Council and to South Gloucestershire Council.

Why are we doing this work?

As well as enabling more people to enjoy the park, the upgraded path will also connect Lockleaze with the existing all-weather path in Stoke Park that runs from Cheswick Village to the M32 underpass, so it will be easier to travel from Lockleaze to Frenchay, Broomhill, and other destinations. 

We have also chosen this route because the Stoke Park Conservation Management Plan identifies upgrading the historic carriage drive as a priority. The work we’re doing tries to make the path as accessible as possible while also combining well with the Conservation Management Plan.

As part of improving access for those with mobility difficulties and limiting illegal motorcycle entry to the park, we are improving the access barriers around Stoke Park.

We’ve undertaken archaeological, bat, ecology and tree surveys in advance of any works commencing.

How is it being funded?

This project is being funded by the Housing Infrastructure Fund provided by Homes England. Other transport improvement projects in the area will also be supported by the same grant.

No money for this project will come from council funds. It represents a major boost to regeneration efforts in the area.

Through the Stoke Park Conservation Management Plan, the council already had plans to improve much of the path route we intend to upgrade.  Because this project is not funded by Bristol City Council, it will allow us to spend council funds or other grants we get on more improvements to Stoke Park.

What were the results of the public consultation?

Overall, a majority were in favour of the scheme (of the people that expressed agreement or disagreement). We also asked questions about lighting, surfacing, the route of the path, and much more.

You can download the summary results, full consultation report and design review in the Download section at the bottom of this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The new path will help connect people between Lockleaze and other areas, like Broomhill, Frenchay and Stapleton, for employment, education or leisure purposes and help improve access into Stoke Park for users, especially some people with mobility difficulties.

  • To help meet Bristol’s housing shortage, we have plans to build approximately 1,000 new homes in the Lockleaze area. New residents will need to move around so we aim to improve the local transport network to reduce levels of congestion. We are looking to encourage people to use sustainable modes of travel, such as walking, cycling and public transport. The new path is one measure that has been identified as being important to support the new housing and encourage people to walking and cycle.

  • We want to try and maximise the benefits of the investment. One objective is to help people access employment, education and leisure destinations around the Stoke Park area more easily and quickly by walking or cycling. In addition, we would like to improve access into Stoke Park so that more people can enjoy the park and the new path helps achieve this objective too. We are providing a new surface over the historic carriage track running through Stoke Park without the Council having to pay for it.

  • A network of good quality paths will allow people to move about more easily and safely. This can help to encourage people not to use their cars for some trips, which will help to reduce the impact of the new housing, in terms of increased congestion or air pollution on the local road network.

  • We propose the path be 3.0 metres wide. This is recommended minimum width for a shared use path, which is a path that pedestrians, wheelchair users and cyclists use together. We would normally recommend a wider path but recognise it would have a greater impact on the Park.

  • The east end goes through the wooded area and this means a number of small low value self-sown trees will have to be removed. New trees have been planted in the parkland to compensate for this loss.

  • The path route options follow existing paths, which are mown grass. We will have to widen the path in some places, but this should only affect a very small amount of the grassland. The surfaced path will not become muddy or rutted during wet periods.

  • The contractor has submitted a Construction Management Plan and this demonstrates how the planning conditions relating to planting, wildlife and tree protection are taken into account. We are supervising the contractor to ensure the works are carried out in the correct manner.

  • We have a lot of ecological information about Stoke Park and are also getting more ecology survey work done, in relation to the proposed path. This survey will make recommendations with regard to protecting species during the work which the contractors will adhere to. However, as we are only widening and surfacing existing paths, we understand that any impact is likely to be minor. We will include protection works to help minimise the impact and sensitive locations of work will be supervised by an ecologist.

  • A path with a surface made up of a clear binder and natural stone aggregate will be much more robust.

  • The footpath will take approximately 9 months to construct. As we aim to complete the works before the onset of winter 2022 we therefore need to commence work now. These works should have very little impact on the Countryside Stewardship plans.

    The City Council have been very successful in seeking funding for this project from WECA and the Housing Infrastructure Fund. This funding means the Council does not have to pay for the works.

  • The path works will widen and surface existing paths running along the north part of the Park. Whilst there will be some visual impact from having a new buff coloured path, the alignment follows natural contours so will have very little impact on the important views.

  • We think cyclists should also be allowed to use the path (some cyclists already use the grass path), along with other user groups. We could have designed a path that segregated cyclists from walkers but this would have required a wider path that would cost more and have a greater impact on the park.

  • No, horses will not be permitted to use the path.

  • No, horses will not be permitted to use the path.

  • As part of the works, we will improve access arrangements and barrier types.

  • We will erect signage at access points where cyclists enter to remind them the path is shared and to respect other users. Experience of shared use paths in other Bristol parks suggests the vast majority of cyclists do not go fast and do respect other users.

  • Some cyclists may continue to use the Cheswick Village path and it will depend on where they are going. The new path provides a shorter route to the M32 underpass and access to the east. There are cyclists already using the grass path.

Downloadable documents

Here you can find larger versions of the plan drawings, the FAQ, and other documents.

These documents may not be accessible for people using assistive technology. Please contact [email protected] if you require assistance.

Full consultation report Download pdf PDF approximately 873.94 K Full consultation design review Download pdf PDF approximately 254.37 K Consultation summary results Download pdf PDF approximately 974.21 K Route options drawing Download pdf PDF approximately 737.55 K FAQ document Download docx

Responses to FOI Act/EI Regulations requests

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FOI Response: Anonymised response information Download xlsx CRN00199459 FOI information Download zip