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Tall Buildings

Redcliffe TowerThe Society’s views on densification and tall buildings

Bristol City Council is reviewing its approach to increasing the density of development in the city, which will replace its tall buildings policies. It has consulted on draft policies - see details of BCS comments. Following the Mayor's lead, the policies encourage tall buildings. 

Bristol Civic Society does not support the Mayor’s statement, 'I want Bristol’s skyline to grow. Tall buildings… built in the right way… in the right places…and for the right reasons…communicate ambition and energy.' There was no public consultation to precede the Mayor’s initiative.

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Local Plan review

urban livingLocal Plan review and Urban Living SPD

Bristol Council has been consulting on proposed changes to the Local Plan policies. This is a scheduled review to reflect changes over the last 5 years. A particular theme is 'Urban Living', which is a policy that prioritises housing growth in certain city areas, with denser development, primarily on brownfield sites. Also out for consultation was an Urban Living Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

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Clifton Down Road

4 16 Clifton Down Road4-16 Clifton Down Road

In February the THAT Group presented new proposals to redevelop this site to provide a range of retail units, offices and cafe/restaurant space and public realm improvements shown in the computer image (CGI). Planning permissions in 2010 and 2013 were not built but remain relevant to the height and mass of the replacement building. In 2017, the Council discouraged a third redevelopment proposal, this is the fourth. The empty 1960s development would not be an architectural loss.

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Moxy Hotel

Moxy hotelMoxy Hotel at 55-83 Newfoundland Road

Facing Newfoundland Circus, Vastint Hospitality propose to construct a stepped seven-storey, 214-bedroom hotel from modular units. The site is cleared of the former buildings. The Society welcomes the redevelopment of this site and the change of use to an hotel, which could enhance the district, create employment, and generate economic returns.

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Stokes Croft

View west along Backfields7-29 Wilder St. 1-3 Backfields Stokes Croft

The Society is pleased that there will be several major developments around Stokes Croft. The Westmorland House redevelopment has begun. The Watkin Jones Group proposes to demolish a whole block at 7-29 Wilder Street to build 285 student bedrooms. Expect to see proposals to redevelop the Coroner’s Court/Lakota site and two more developments, one on each sides of the south end of the street. These schemes may bring forward the redevelopment of other local low grade commercial buildings. Although there is unmet demand for student accommodation, the Society agrees with local residents; they say that more students would undermine the local community’s balance. Council policy supports residential space within large student accommodation developments.

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Joint Spatial Plan

JSPThe Joint Spatial Plan for the West of England sub-region sets out plans to 2036 for housing growth and new employment locations, and also the infrastructure that will be required to support it. The latest round of consultation ended on 10 January, ahead of an assessment by a planning inspector later in 2018. Responses at this stage were required to focus on legal compliance, soundness and co-operation.

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St Mary's Hospital

St Marys HospitalFormer St Mary’s Hospital, Upper Byron Place - 17/07088/F

The Society has been involved in all the recent planning history relating to this site and has vigorously supported the Council’s principled objections to the earlier schemes. This is the fifth scheme; the Society supports it. Empiric Student Properties, the developer, takes a conservation approach to the reuse of this important site to provide student residential units.

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Redland Court

Redland CourtIn July 2017 Redland High School for girls amalgamated with and moved to the Red Maids Girls School site. Kersfield Developments, who have successfully redeveloped both the former St. John's School at the top of the Blackboy and Burwalls House have submitted a full planning application to redevelop and reuse the now vacant site. The project will conserve and reuse the Grade II* listed Redland Court in a residential conversion. There will be limited demolition and new build development, to form 43 new dwellings.

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Callowhill Court

CallowhillOn the 10th January 2018, a Planning Committee approved the outline plan for the demolition and redevelopment of the north-east quarter of the Broadmead shopping area. Stephen Wickham represented the Society at the October Planning Committee to make a written and oral submission to object to the car park access via Brunswick Square. The Committee adjourned its decision. They said, "The Committee strongly supports the redevelopment of the site but considers the car park access via Brunswick Square to be unacceptable; therefore, the car park must be reduced and possibly moved or eliminated to allow for a more sensitive solution. If this is achieved, the Committee would be disposed to grant outline planning permission, subject to detailed air quality assessment."

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Former Ambulance Station

Ambulance stationUpdate January 2018
On the 29th November 2017, Councillors approved this planning application on the planning officer's recommendation. The Society strongly supports Council policy to increase the number of residents in the city centre and the redevelopment of this prominent site. The Society is disappointed with the outcome of the planning process that could have produced a much better scheme.

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Temple Meads Campus

Temple Meads Campus The University has applied for outline planning permission for a new science/engineering led Campus. The Council has agreed to demolish the former Post Office Parcels Sorting Office to enable the University to build on the former Cattle Market site two buildings of 8 and 9 floors to give approximately 43,400 sqm and 7,900 sqm of University space and two student residential buildings of 10 and 12 floors. Three student residential building of 11, 18 and 25 floors are proposed on Arena Island. The site would accommodate up to 1,500 student rooms and provide ground floor commercial space of approximately 7,050 sqm. The Society assumes that some of this space would be made available for medical services and children’s nurseries. This will be a mainly graduate community, with a population larger than that of many towns.

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