Project: Court House Farm


Project Status

Land Acquired

Land Under Promotion

Planning Application Submitted

Planning Application Granted

Infrastructure Commenced

Land Sold to House-builder

Development Complete

Project Overview

Just over 8 hectares of greenfield land located on the edge of Pill and just 5 miles from the centre of Bristol. The site is currently designated within the Bristol Metropolitan Green Belt with Lands Improvement promoting the site for release through the emerging North Somerset Local Plan in order to accommodate approximately 200 dwellings.

Pill is a large village on the eastern edge of Bristol, benefiting from an abundance of day-to-day amenities for a settlement of its size. It is also to benefit from the recreation of a station (previously closed in 1964 as part of the Beeching cuts), which will provide services on the Portishead Branch Line into Bristol Temple Meads. Just over the M5 junction 19 lies the Royal Portbury Dock, a major employer in the region.

Project Progress

Following the failure of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan, North Somerset Council has focused on progressing its own Local Plan in order to direct new growth within its boundary. Lands Improvement continues to work with the Council in order to achieve an allocation within the emerging Local Plan, highlighting the limited role the site plays to the purposes of the Green Belt, whilst emphasising its sustainability credentials.

The Council is currently targeting publication of a draft Local Plan for early 2022, with further consultations through that year before submission for examination in 2023. If a draft allocation can be secured Lands Improvement can look at options to pursue an outline planning application, with a target determination alongside adoption of the Local Plan.


Located to the west of Bristol just off the M4 and behind the Gordano Service Station