Former Bart Spices site

21/06878/F York Road, Mead Street (Bart’s Spices)

Bristol Civic Society objected strongly to this application, which was approved in August. The Society considered that proposals for the loss of so many commercial premises should only be considered within the context of a masterplan for the area.

The Society also raised concerns about the proposed development relating to its height and the resultant quality of life for residents together with its impact on views, particularly those towards the Totterdown escarpment.

There was specific concern that blocks of this height and mass would be harmful to views toward Richmond Street, with its colourful terraced houses, atop the Totterdown escarpment. This is one of Bristol’s important, landmark views. Equally important are views toward the Grade I Listed buildings at Temple Meads Station and the spire of St Mary Redcliffe.

Simon Birch


Bristol Civic Society full response.



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