Old rail depot, Clanage Road update: December 2020

Revised plans for this site on the south-west edge of the city have been submitted. The site is enclosed by the elevated Brunel Way, the relatively recent Paxton Drive development; and the Festival Way pedestrian and cycle route, leading to the Ashton Court estate, runs alongside the site.

The changes include:

  • The tallest building is 8 storeys, not 9, and its footprint has been reduced.
  • The cycle route is aligned along the existing route, instead of going via a dog-leg through the site.
  • The access road has been relocated to the western edge, and the town houses have been replaced by 3-storey blocks of apartments.

We continue to support the development in principle, but we continue to object to the height of the buildings at the north end of the site. The new proposal makes a small concession to this, but the changes do not address our comment that ‘All parts of the scheme should harmonise and not exceed the form of the Paxton Drive estate if it is to be consistent with its site on the edge of the built-up area.’

The full response also comments on layout, design, and the width of the Festival Way route.

Full Civic Society response.

The Society’s earlier response is here.

The planning application is here, where you can see the visualisations quoted in the full response.

Alan Morris

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