Green 'cycle houses' planned for Bristol chocolate factory

Designs for housing that fronts directly onto the Bristol-Bath cycleway are among ideas put forward for a new development in a former chocolate factory.

The "cycle houses" have been designed for families keen to have a direct link with the surrounding landscape and to promote sustainable transport. Landscape architect Jo Johnson has been working on the project at the former Elizabeth Shaw chocolate factory in Bristol's Greenbank area. Johnson has collaborated with ecologists to develop the proposals, which include adding to the existing vegetation that will line the cycle paths with native tree-planting and grass verging.

Roof terraces are planned for the cycle housing, which is part of the development which will contain up to 250 homes. Fruiting trees are also included in the proposals and are expected to encourage wildlife.

The plans are being produced by developer Squarepeg and Acanthus Ferguson Mann Architects.

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