Bristol Royal Infirmary

Bristol Royal InfirmaryBRI Old Building October 2017 update
This is the chronology and current situation:

  • 2016 Council refused Unite Students planning permission for scheme that would remodel and reuse the Old Building. The new student accommodation would have overpowered its surroundings. (Application 1)
  • 2017 Unite make second planning application for an alternative scheme that would demolish the whole site including the Old Building and Chapel. (Application 2). Unite appeal against refused planning application 1.
  • Unite Students appeal (appeal 2) on grounds of non-determination of application 2 and withdraw appeal 1 against refusal of application 1.
  • Unite Students obtain planning permission, at the second attempt, for approval of demolition method of the Old Building, which is unlisted and not in a conservation area.
  • Planning committee report recommends refusal of application 2 because the design of the replacement building is not good enough.
  • Historic England recommends and the Department of Communities and Local Government lists the BRI Chapel with Grade II status.
  • Unite Students adjourn appeal 2 until March against non-determination of application 2. Unite Students’ apply to the Secretary of State to reverse the listing decision.

These pages contains details of issues that arose more than twelve months ago. Use the following link for Current Issues.

Bristol Zoo Parking

Zoo parking thumbBristol Zoo has applied for planning permission to continue using land on the Downs off Ladies Mile as an overflow car park. It has had a series of temporary planning permissions for doing this since 1997 although it was making use of this land for many years before that. The Civic Society has consistently opposed applications for planning permission. Our over-riding concern is that the area of the Downs used by the Zoo as an overflow car park can recover from the damage and revert to its intended use, particularly in the summer, when people want to have picnics, play games or simply wander through a traffic free, grassy area. The Act of Parliament establishing the Downs open space dedicated the land to the people of Bristol for their recreation and enjoyment.


New Jury’s Hotel

Jurys InnPlot 4 Glassfields

Glassfields is the site of the former Guardian Exchange building. Royal London Asset Management have refurbished the historic Broad Plain terrace and then plan to develop the cleared site on Temple Way to build a 198-room Jury’s Inn. The Society supports the new hotel which will serve the emerging business and leisure uses in Old Market and the Temple Meads Enterprise Zone


13-21 Baldwin Street

13 21 Baldwin StreetThis neglected and semi-derelict building opened as the People’s Palace music hall in 1892. In 1912, it was renovated to become a cinema. Further alterations to the Gaumont cinema followed in 1927 and 1963. After the rejection of a demolition proposal in 1974, the cinema converted to a nightclub. The building closed and has been vacant since 2007. The Society welcomes the reuse of the redundant building, and supports the proposal to provide 93 purpose-built student bedrooms, although it would have preferred conversion to flats.


Broad Quay cycle route

Prince Street cyle pathBristol Council is implementing a new cycle route along Prince Street, which has been the subject of consultation. Where the cycle route meets the Centre at Broad Quay, there are changes to the public realm, which is the subject of a planning application. The Society has commented on the planning application as follows:


Morris Road, Lockleaze

Morris Road planLand south of Morris Road, Lockleaze 16/06534/PREAPP

The Society supports this development of 49 affordable units of flats and houses each with private garden space and with shared facilities. Land will be set aside as woodland and communal garden to screen the development with trees. The development will deliver two and three storey houses and is a good compromise between the policy aim to achieve higher density whilst retaining green space. The new buildings will respond to local character and make good use of a sloping site. The design has achieved a natural layout that will give changing and interesting views passing through the site along the main access road and does not create a cul-de-sac.


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