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Blackberry Hill Hospital

Blackberry Hill webBlackberry Hill Hospital Manor Road Fishponds - 16/05376/F
Regeneration, refurbishment and demolition of existing buildings and new build development to provide a total of 305 residential 510 sqm of commercial/retail floorspace and 280 sqm community space.

Blackberry Hill Hospital is a brownfield site of 6.9ha now owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). It comprises old and newer buildings and parkland designated as a Town and Village Green. The HCA and Galliford Try Regeneration have applied for planning permission to build 305 houses comprising 192 new houses and 113 homes following the conversion of three existing buildings. There will be retail/commercial space and community space; the developer will landscape the site.


Units B & C Dean Street

Dean StreetThe proposal is to demolish the current buildings to build 42 flats of mixed sizes and 3 split-level workshops to create an active commercial frontage to Wilder Street. The site stands on the north east corner of Dean Street and Wilder Street, St Pauls. It lies just outside the St. Paul’s Conservation Area because it is on the wrong side of Dean Street. The current industrial buildings have no architectural merit.

Although the Society shares the Council’s concern about the loss of employment space, it would support the demolition of the current buildings if their replacement would enhance the adjacent conservation area. Unfortunately, the current proposal is over-scaled and would harm the historic character and legibility of the area. The picture just shows a computer generated image of the proposed building in the middle distance, behind the tree. Any proposal should take into account the local context. Dean Street, viewed from the Wilder Street junction, leads up to, and is subservient to, Portland Square. The proposed building would be built to the back of the pavement in both the secondary streets. The block would double the height of the current buildings and would dominate the narrow secondary streets.


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.


'Shared use’ routes

shared use'Shared use' routes policy

Bristol Council is consulting on a draft policy on ‘shared use’ routes for people walking and on bicycles. The Society welcomes the council’s initiative to create this draft policy. The document fulfils a need to make clear the Council’s policy for how the balance between provision for walking and cycling will be achieved. The Society supports Bristol Walking Alliance’s response.



AssemblyThe site faces east to Temple Way and south to the river Avon where the demolished Clerical and Medical building once stood. AXA, the developer, has appointed Allford Hall Monaghan, architects who have won the Sterling Award. The site is inside the Enterprise Zone where development must be employment led. The Society supports the long delayed development of this important site.

The Society supports the developer’s objectives, which are to improve connectivity to both Temple Quays and Cabot Circus with a high quality, cost and energy effective sustainable design. The location on the edge of the Enterprise Zone and the excellent transport links make this an ideal development site for employment.


Castle Park - west end

Castle Park aerialLater this year the Council will receive a planning enquiry from Goodman Developments, an Australian international property group, to develop the land between High Street and St Mary-le-Port Church, which includes the dilapidated Lloyds Bank, Bank of England and Norwich Union buildings. The Society has sent to Goodman and the Council suggestions about the opportunities that will follow the buildings’ demolition.

The Central Area Plan (2005) sets out the Council's current thinking.


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