Temple Meads diesel depot to be used by creative groups

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Image caption The site next to Temple Meads railway station is part of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

A derelict depot behind Temple Meads railway station in Bristol could be used by community-based creative groups for the next two years.

Owners of the 8.4 acre site, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), said it wanted to let the site ahead of long-term development.

They said it would be one of the first steps towards creating the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

Companies and community groups have been asked to submit ideas.

David Warburton from HCA said: "Until this site is developed, we want to ensure that local organisations have the chance to use it for purposes which show how the objectives of the Enterprise Zone can start to be delivered.

"I have already received some suggestions for very exciting uses, and I am really keen to encourage others to come forward.

"We are not being too specific about what we want.

"This is about inviting people to put their creative energy and ideas to good use to bring this site into active use whilst longer-term plans for redevelopment are put together."

The Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is expected to create up to 17,000 jobs in the creative, media and communications sectors over a 25-year period.

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