These pages contains details of issues that have arisen over the past twelve months. Use the following link for Past Issues.


Prewett Street

Taviners Buildings siteThe image shows the site on the corner of Somerset Street and Prewett Street. To the right stands the Doubletree Hotel on Redcliffe Way with St. Mary Redcliffe further into the photograph. The scheme would comprehensively redevelop and regenerate a brownfield site between Proctor House and Broughton House; part of the Council’s Redcliffe estate. This is a highly sustainable location, close to the city centre and Temple Meads station. A market rental managed scheme would expand the area’s accommodation mix. The scheme would build 176 flats, 53% would be two-bedroom the remainder one-bedroom with 20% affordable housing.

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Little Paradise Bedminster

Little Paradise smallThe site lies between East Street and the Malago Road. The Society welcomes the Dandara Group’s proposal to demolish and redevelop buildings that do not contribute to the vitality and appearance the area, but it regrets that it cannot support the current scheme. If the developer satisfies the Council that the loss of employment space would not harm the local economy the Society supports the principle of mixed use redevelopment of the site.

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LED Advertizing Screens

LED displayThe menace of LED screens.

For several years the Society’s Planning Applications Group has been campaigning to limit the spread of LED advertising screens. The light from LED adverts is intense and has a much longer reach than conventionally illuminated screens. As an example, the LED screen adjacent to St Philips Causeway is clearly visible from planes approaching Bristol Airport. PAG contends that the screens are harmful to their surrounding neighbourhood, particularly in conservation areas and where they shine directly into residential development. We also argue that they are a threat to public safety when they distract road users. Remember that adverts are there to attract attention and bright screens with frequently changing images are designed to do that more effectively.

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City Centre Framework

City Centre FrameworkBristol Council has been consulting on a draft City Centre Framework (CCF). The CCF is both a spatial framework and a movement framework. This is in principle a good thing - making the connection between the two. It covers a relatively small part of the city centre - Old City, Lewins Mead, Broadmead, bottom of M32, Castle Park, North Redcliffe, as adjacent areas are covered by existing planning policy documents.

Whilst welcoming the CCF in principle, the Society has commented that the document could be more visionary and more holistic, and suggested it could be improved in a number of ways:

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Cargo Work

cargo workFormer JS Fry Warehouse, Wapping Wharf

The picture shows the corner of Cumberland Road running into the picture and Wapping Road running to the right. In 2006 the Council approved an overall masterplan for Wapping Wharf which included the redevelopment of the former warehouse on the Wapping Road Cumberland Road corner as offices. Umberslade, the developer, has presented a scheme to construct office space in re-purposed shipping containers inside the Grade II listed gaol walls. The new proposal would provide office space in re-purposed shipping containers with a central atrium to provide natural light to open-plan office space on either side across 5 levels. There would be one new opening in the outer wall to create a main entrance. The proposal would be similar to the successful Cargo 1 and 2 schemes, suitably named, Cargo Work.

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St Mary's Hospital

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

Update: May 2018

On the 25th April 2018, the Council granted planning permission is granted the redevelopment of the St Mary's Hospital site to create a student housing development of 153 bedspaces. The proposal retains the former hospital building, adds a 4 storey extension to its southern end, replaces the rear extensions with stepped terraces of townhouses on Upper Byron Place and builds a new 'Pavilion' in the south-western corner of the site. The planning process reduced the part of the 'Pavilion' closest to the rear of the Byron Place residents from 3 floors to 2. Although we would have preferred a residential development, the Society is pleased that this fine Italianate building will be renovated and reused.

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Bristol Royal Infirmary

Bristol Royal InfirmaryThe Old Bristol Royal Infirmary building – Charity Universal

Historic England have two assessments to make in parallel. An application to list the building and an application from Unite Students for a Certificate of Immunity from listing. This was the Society’s response.

National listing history
The Society is aware that two applications (2010 and 2015) were made to Historic England (formerly English Heritage) that the buildings be listed but both were declined. Despite an earlier refusal Historic England recommended listing the later (1858-60) mortuary chapel with Grade II status in 2017. The Society submits that there are good reasons to list the Charity Universal Building, which should attract a similar protected status as, “A building identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions, because of its heritage interest.”

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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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