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2-16 Clifton Down Road

Clifton Down RoadTHAT Clifton Company Limited has proposed to demolish and redevelop the current building to create mixed commercial accommodation over 3 floors. The Society would support redevelopment if the replacement building would be better than the current building. The Society cannot support this proposal.

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Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clfton Suspension Bridge 1Toll Booths Project.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust wants to replace the toll booth accommodation at either end of the bridge. It is seeking designs which meet contemporary staff standards, enable operational requirements, including toll collection, to be fulfilled and which provide quiet rooms to which vulnerable people can be taken when necessary. Conservation architects, Purcell, have been appointed to produce options from which a final design will be chosen. As part of this process, the Trust has so far organised three meetings of interested parties from Bristol and North Somerset to consider functional issues and then look at design options with the architects. There have been three meetings since last September and the Civic Society has much appreciated the opportunity to participate.

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Blackboy Hill

Blackboy HillA proposal to provide an 86-bed care home in Land at Home Gardens, Blackboy Hill - Redland Hill.

The image shows the top of Blackboy Hill. Westbury Road lies directly ahead, the reconstructed ASDA filling station is on the right. The proposal would demolish a 1930s terrace of houses and several informal buildings. The Society supports the Council who approve the principle of the development and the change of use.

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Good Transport Plan

good transport planLaunched in January 2016, the Good Transport Plan [PDF] sets out a vision for the future of travel in Bristol. As part of Bristol Green Capital in 2015, Sustrans agreed to take the lead in developing the plan, with organisations like Life Cycle, First Bus and the Bristol Civic Society contributing ideas and suggestions to the vision, followed by six months of public consultation. Bristol Civic Society’s name appears amongst a long list of supporting organisations on the back of the document.

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Sub-regional plan

sub regional planThe Society has commented on the Issues and Options consultation for the West of England sub-region’s Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study, which set out possible ways forward for the period to 2036 in the context of a projected housing need of 88,000 homes. This is a summary of our comments.

Joint Spatial Plan (JSP)

Scenarios: Looking at the five possible ‘scenarios’ for planning where new housing should go, no single scenario is likely to provide the additional accommodation needed. The Society suggests that scenarios 2 (Bristol-focused), 3 (Transport-focused) and 4 (other towns) should in some combination determine the choice of location of new development.

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BRI multi-storey car park

BRI trafficUniversity Hospitals Bristol (UHB) has held a long-term aspiration to replace the multi-storey car park (MSCP) (120 places) on the north side of the junction of Marlborough Street and Dighton Street with a new MSCP (820 places.) UHB, continuously receives complaints that public car parking is inadequate and access to the BRI by car, problematic. The new, larger MSCP would close Eugene Street and demolish the Eugene Street flats with the loss of the city centre homes. It is reasonable to infer that if the 700 new parking places had an 80% occupancy rate and rotated three times a day there would be over new 3,300 new daily car movements. Access to the car park is either be from Marlborough Street (both directions) or from Stokes Croft through Jamaica and Dighton Streets. Many cars would turn right across the traffic.

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