Bristol playing fields scheme slammed by residents

Disgruntled residents have slammed proposals to build an athletics track on Whitehall Playing Fields in Bristol.

A planning application for the construction of the athletics facility at Whitehall Playing Fields is to be decided by Bristol City Council next week.

Although the 5.4ha site is owned by Bristol City Academy, there is a Community Use Agreement attached to the land so it must be accessible to local people.

A total of 52 letters of objection to the plans have been received by Bristol City Council, many raising concerns about the issue of free and informal access to the playing fields.

The plans for Whitehall Playing Fields include:

  • A six-lane permeable synthetic rubber athletics track
  • Infield area including a junior football pitch
  • Throwing cages and an athletics' shelter with glazed sides
  • A 108sq m storage building
  • Six floodlights at a height of 18m
  • Perimeter fencing
  • Landscaping


Bristol City Council's Development Control Committee is to meet on 5 November to discuss Whitehall Playing Fields, and the plans have been recommended for approval by the planning officer.

View the plans at Whitehall Playing Fields Plan


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