The former Esso garage
The planning committee by a majority of 8 to 2 accepted the Planning Department’s report and granted planning permission. In assessing this scheme, officers said that they had regard to a 2009 appeal decision on the site that accepted the principle of a tall building. The report advised the committee that the application made an ambitious but successful response to the site. The report acknowledged that the tower’s height would exceed the recommended height in the Spatial Framework, but that a tall building of the quality proposed is an appropriate response for this site. The site is in a sustainable location, and the scheme will bring about enhancements to the existing infrastructure as well as opening up an access to a new river walkway. The scheme would provide a good standard of accommodation and would not significantly harm amenity of residents living close to the site.
Bristol Civic Society’s earlier response.