Trees felled around site of new Aldi & Costa

Photo of a tree felling operation.
Tree felling on the development site at Fox Den Road, Stoke Gifford.

The wholesale felling of trees around a large parcel of vacant land behind the Sainsbury’s store in Stoke Gifford has exposed the site of new mixed-use development that will include an Aldi supermarket, a Costa drive-through, a Premier Inn hotel and a Beefeater restaurant.

The approved plans also include a multi-use building, which does not currently have any pre-lettings. This building will most likely be constructed in a later phase, with its footprint initially being occupied by an interim ‘pocket park’.

Planning permission for the scheme was granted in April 2021, when applicant Baylis Estates Ltd said it expected to complete the project in “early 2023”.

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Little happened at the site through the remainder of 2021, baring some minor site clearance and a beefing up of the entrance following a traveller incursion.

In the background, planning applications have been submitted and approved for signage associated with the Costa drive-through, Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater restaurant.

The silence at the site was broken by the sound of chainsaws in the first week of 2022, when the vast majority of the trees surrounding the 1.8-hectare site were felled. The very few trees that remain are, it is assumed, the “better-quality mature” ones defined in the approved plans as being worthy of saving.

Photo of an area of rough grassland.
Development site at Fox Den Road, following tree felling.

Some new tree planting will eventually be implemented along the site’s boundary with Great Stoke Way.

Vehicles will enter and leave the site via a single access point off Fox Den Road, close to the Sainsbury’s delivery yard (on the right when driving on the access road into Sainsbury’s).

The development will provide 240 car parking bays, including 16 disabled spaces, 9 parent and child spaces and 10 electric vehicle spaces (complete with charging points). There will also be 40 covered and 52 uncovered cycle parking spaces.


The approved scheme incorporates five new pedestrian access points into the site, with three defined routes through it.

To further improve accessibility, the applicant has agreed to fund improvements to an existing informal pedestrian crossing on Great Stoke Way, close to the Aviva roundabout.

A previous statement by Baylis Estates Ltd said it hoped to begin construction at the site in 2021, but the developer’s website is currently showing a date of “Q2 2022”.

Aerial view (phase 1).
Aerial view of phase 1, showing ‘pocket park’ between the hotel (left) and Aldi

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This article originally appeared in the March/April 2022 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 9). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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