The future of University-owned land at Long Ashton

proposed mathematics building

The University has a significant landholding to the south of Long Ashton village, part of which is potentially developable. It has been used for agricultural research for many years, but has become surplus to requirements as research needs and methods have changed.

The University is exploring how development might be achieved, with a view to realising the commercial value of the asset. The proceeds would help the University to pursue its principal aims – high-quality teaching and world-class research. These form the core of its purpose as a charitable body and are of major, ongoing benefit both to individuals and to wider society, locally, nationally and internationally.

The University’s aspiration is to create a well-thought-out development which provides a sustainable village extension. It is keen to engage local residents and the community in the process of developing proposals that are well considered and take proper account both of local needs and of emerging plans for the city-region.

Following two rounds of public consultation in September and October 2009 (see below for copies of the feedback reports (September report and October report) covering these activities), an outline planning application was submitted on Friday 11 December to North Somerset Council. The application has now been registered (reference number 10/P/0066/OT2) and copies of the documents are available to view at the Council’s planning offices at the Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ. The Council is also in the process of uploading the documents on their website and these will be available soon at

The University and its team would like to thank all those who participated in the consultation events and gave their feedback on the emerging proposals. Please do continue to visit this website which will be updated as the situation progresses.

October consultation



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September consultation



Exhibition boards

Note: some of the documents on this page are in PDF format. In order to view a PDF you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader

Questions and answers

The project team has put together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the development proposals. You can read the questions and answers here.

Have your say

Avril Baker Consultancy has been appointed as an independent facilitator to organise a programme of public consultation on behalf of the University and its project team.

If you have any queries, or would like to be kept informed about the progress of this project, please provide your contact details.