Trenchard Street

Trenchard StreetTrenchard Street and Frogmore Street Public Realm Strategy

The draft public realm strategy offers guidance on how to spend a limited amount of s106 planning gain money to fund street improvements, arising from the redevelopment of the ice rink building as student accommodation. The aim of the improvements is to calm motor traffic and improve the public realm experience for those on foot. The initial improvements will be around the historic Hatchet pub.


Sub-regional plans

JSP JTS smallThe Society has commented on the November 2016 consultation for the West of England sub-region's emerging 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 over 100,000 homes. Here is a summary of our comments.


Brunel House

Brunel PlaceBrunel House, St Georges Road 

The Council have been tenants of Brunel House from the 1980s, when offices were built behind the preserved, Grade II listed, neo-classical façade. Unite Students has recently asked whether the Council will permit a change of use to student accommodation. The Council will vacate the offices in the late summer. Unite’s scheme would demolish and reconstruct the offices to provide 436 student bed-spaces. Unite says that the offices would be difficult to relet and that the new use would contribute to the vitality and economy of the area.

The society agrees with Unite that the site is highly sustainable for student accommodation. If the Council accepts that it can tolerate the loss of office floorspace, the Society supports the change of use. The scheme would a give a new use to a large obsolescent city centre office building and help relieve the pressure of student accommodation on the city’s residential areas.


Clifton Down Road 2017

Clifton Down Road 2Update October 2017

Following advice from the Council the developer has withdrawn the proposal. The Society waits to see whether the developer produces a further scheme that meets the criticism of the earlier schemes.

Original BCS Comment

THAT Group proposes to demolish 2-16 Clifton Down Road and redevelop a range of retail units, offices and cafe/restaurant space. This Clifton Village site is occupied by a small group of retail units built in the 1960s that are now vacant. There is a lengthy planning history. In 2015, the Council refused planning permission because the design was not good enough. In September 2016, the Society told the developer that its first proposal overdeveloped the site: the front elevation would look like a cliff facing Clifton Down Road. (This attracted a great deal of public comment on our website report.) The Society supports the revised proposal, subject to suggestions to improve the design.


A New 'Redcliff Quarter'

Update December 2016

Redcliffe TowerPlanning permission was granted for a 22-floor tower on the 30th November 2016. The decision is contrary to the Council’s own planning advice in ‘The future of Redcliffe’ and in its ‘Tall Buildings Policy Advice’. The development will yield £5m to the Council in Community Infrastructure Levy. Two councillors abstained from the vote, none voted against. 

Update November 2016

A planning committee will decide the Redcliffe Quarter planning application on the 30th November. The Society continues to support a high-density development on this site but has campaigned against the inclusion of a tall building. At the beginning of November, the developers (Change Real Estate) filed the plans of an amended design. The principal amendment was to lower the height of the block that abutted the tower and to transfer the foregone accommodation to the tower. In consequence, the tower is thinner and taller. It has risen from 18 to 22 floors. The roof level blue-glass feature is removed. The Society has confirmed to the Council that it maintains its opposition to the scheme.


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.


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