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YTL Arena Bristol approved by South Gloucestershire Council

CGI images of the planned arena have been released as part of the planning application. Credit: Grimshaw Architects

Plans to transform the Brabazon hangars at Filton into a world-class music venue have been given the green light by South Gloucestershire Council.

Earlier this month on 4 March Bristol City Council also gave their approval for the arena to go ahead in the hangars.

It will be the third largest arena in the UK after London O2 and Manchester's M.E.N arenas, hosting seats for 17,000.

The next step is for plans to be approved by the government. Credit: Grimshaw Architects

YTL, The Malaysian investment firm behind the Filton Arena plans, aims to open the doors to the public in early 2023.

The project's Managing Director, Andrew Billingham, has said the complex will create more than 500 new jobs and generate £1.5 billion locally over 25 years.

The plans also included a Temple Meads to Brabazon station rail link and a new metrobus route.

As well as the arena, the plans include a temporary 1,800 space car park, access for delivery vehicles from the north, across the former airfield and via West Way, and a new pedestrian bridge over the existing railway track, which will serve as the main entrance to the arena - all of which fall within South Gloucestershire’s boundary.

The plans include a 'Hub' with restaurants and small businesses. Credit: Grimshaw Architects

Due to the scale and nature of the project, the planning decision will be referred to the Secretary of State for final approval.

This is another huge step forward for us. We are delighted that South Gloucesteshire Council has given us the go ahead. It is another landmark moment, not only for YTL but also for the people of the whole region who have been missing out on an arena for years.

We’re incredibly grateful to all those who have supported us and encouraged us on this journey. We have met so many people who tell us they want an arena. We have listened to the concerns of some local people and our plans will drive down car dependency. We want to be good neighbours and will continue to work to make sure YTL Arena has a positive impact on the South Gloucestershire and Bristol community.

I am particularly proud of our team who have worked so hard to get us this far and also grateful to the Yeoh family who have shown their constant commitment to the region by supporting and fully funding our proposal.

We will celebrate all that is great about Bristol and the south west. If you are local we hope you will feel at home. If you are visiting we hope you will leave wanting to come back for more.

– Andrew Billingham, YTL Arena Managing Director

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