Proposed residential tower block on top of Castle Park Energy Centre.
The Society objects very strongly to this development proposal.
The Society is adamant that tall buildings are not essential to meeting the housing crisis in Bristol. They are only one of several ways of increasing building densities. We object to the principle of this development.
The proposal is the latest, and by far the worst, in what seems a tidal wave of tall buildings that are unsympathetic to local character. Building heights leapfrog what was considered exceptional only a matter of months ago.
The Society is very concerned by the seemingly random nature of this proposal. The Society requests clarity on the development plan context that supports a 33-storey tower in this location. We have not been able to substantiate this proposal in planning policy.
The Society has identified the following negative impacts arising from this proposal:
- Assault on Bristol. At 33 storeys the Society considers that the proposal is a fundamental assault on the appearance of the city and on its visual traditions.
- Impact on the Floating Harbour. The Society emphasises the inappropriateness of this waterfront location for a tall building. The Floating Harbour is a defining feature of Bristol, and other new developments have reflected the scale and massing of the former warehouses and industrial complexes.
- Impact on Castle Park. The proposed development will have a very significant, and highly negative, impact on Castle Park. There will inevitably be issues of overlooking and of overshadowing.
The Society wishes to stress that tall buildings like this are inherently unsustainable and carbon-consumptive. At a time of intense concern about sustainability, there is a tension in Bristol between claiming to be green but putting up a lot of intensely un-green buildings.