Glencoyne Square Community-led Housing Project

“By the community, for the community” has long been the motto behind the Glencoyne Square Project.

Determined and passionate residents are always behind Southmead’s triumphs and for this project, it’s no different. From 900 surveys diligently carried out by volunteers in 2015, to an approved scheme of 120 new homes in 2021, the Glencoyne Square Regeneration Project is a story of community-led action and collaborative vision. An updated design for 187 homes is now in for planning.

The result is one of the biggest community-led housing schemes in the UK, recognised nationwide for its resident-led decisions, sustainability and vision for a thriving neighbourhood centre.

Updated Design Proposals 2022

Due to impacts of the pandemic and escalating building costs and some changes in requirements for community space, it was necessary to revise the designs for the scheme. From 31 March 2022 – 18 April 2022, we ran an online survey to gather views on proposed changes. The architects Nash Partnership have drawn up the revised designs and we held a community drop in on April 28th 2022.

You can download the document with the updated designs below.

Download > Updated Design Proposals

The story so far

How does a group of residents go from door-knocking to shaping one of the biggest community-led regeneration schemes in the UK?

Southmead’s Community Plan was the result of 900 survey responses in 2015. Residents were determined to see investment and positive change in the community they love.

The development of the Southmead Community Plan led to a regeneration ‘Masterplan’ in 2018.

On September 20th 2019 the planning application was submitted for Phase One of the Masterplan – delivering 120 homes, new community facilities, and improved public open space on Southmead’s Glencoyne Square.

Want to know more about the Masterplan? You can dip into and download the report and the appendices below.


Download > Masterplan Report

Download > Masterplan Report Summary

Download > Masterplan Appendices


Over 2100 voluntary hours

invested by local residents so far

Community Involvement

“The community is clearly in the driving seat” commented Sue Manns, president of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Community involvement has always been the defining feature of this project. Residents took part in architect selection. Over 100 people attended the showcase of the Masterplan. We have held over 40 events at local places such as the library, youth centre and with community groups. Residents have fed back to the architects on design, from the style of the buildings to the colour of the materials. Consultation with residents will continue on other elements like the open spaces and Local Lettings Policy.

Arnside and Glencoyne Regeneration Project (AGRP)

“We had a dream to make a better future for Southmead. It’s been 5 years of meeting once a month, with a desire, a burning ambition to do something.”
The words of Deana Perry, life-long Southmead resident, sums up the commitment of the AGRP. The AGRP is a group of local residents, councillors and stakeholders, like ourselves, who meet monthly to steer the project, providing a local voice. They’ve been motivated since the Community Plan was published to see improvements to Arnside Road and develop appropriate housing options for local people.



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Southmead Regeneration News and Update

Update on Glencoyne Community Led Housing Project

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CLOSED: Community Development Worker

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Updated Designs for Glencoyne Square on Display at Greenway

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Have Your Say on the Glencoyne Square Designs at Community Drop In Event

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