Plans have been submitted by the Bristol Zoological Society for the redevelopment of the 186-year-old Bristol Zoo Gardens which closed its doors for the last time on September 4.

The redevelopment of the 12-acre site will enable the creation of a new zoo at the Wild Place Project site in South Gloucestershire, set to open in early 2024.

Dr Justin Morris, chief executive of Bristol Zoological Society, said: “This is an important milestone and an exciting step forward for the future of Bristol Zoological Society.

“We are confident in our plans and proud of the ambition and quality of the design proposals we have submitted.”

“Importantly, these plans will secure the site as a vital community asset, so everyone can enjoy its beauty and heritage for many years to come.”

The redevelopment plans for the site include the creation the 201 homes in buildings up to six storeys with a 20 per cent affordable allocation, while retaining, and opening up the gardens to the public.

Many of the existing structures will be retained and, including the monkey temple, the Botanic Gardens will become publicly accessible, whilst the entrance buildings will become the home for the Clifton Conservation Hub.

The application was validated by Bristol City Council on June 13 and is currently pending consideration.

Image source: Bristol Zoological Society

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