Planning Committee, 8 April, arrangements

From the Council…..

Dear Sir/Madam,

Notification of committee date

Application No.14/05930/F & 14/05982/LA

Proposals:  Demolition of Westmoreland House and No.4 Ashley Road (Grade II Listed), partial demolition, alteration and renovation of the Carriageworks building  providing 721 sqm of non-residential accommodation (Use Classes A1/A2/A3/A4/D1/D2/B1) and 118 residential units (Use Class C3) and creation of new public realm, new communal landscape garden areas, bio-diverse living roofs, roof gardens, disabled car parking, servicing and access.

Site Address:  Westmoreland House 104 – 106  Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3RU

I am writing to let you know that the applications above will be considered by the Development Control Committee A at its meeting on Wednesday 8 April 2015.  The meeting will take place at At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB starting at 6.00pm, although it is not possible to say when the case will be considered.

This committee may be webcast.  Please go to our website www.bristol.gov.uk/webcasts to find out more.

From the Wednesday before the committee date, a copy of the officer’s report and recommendation can be viewed with the planning application documents (or www.bristol.gov.uk/planningonline ).

Whilst this report will have a recommendation to either grant or refuse permission, it is important to note that this recommendation does not mean that the decision has already been taken, as the decision now rests entirely with the elected members.

There is no need to write a further letter on this, unless you have additional points to make.  You have a right to attend the meeting, and you are able to make a statement to the committee, subject to advance notice being received.  Further information on making a statement is contained in the leaflet titled “Having your say at Bristol City Council’s Development Control Committees”.  Please note that the statement should be sent to the Democratic Services Team by 12 noon on the day before the committee meeting and not the case officer.

To find out what happened at the committee meeting, you could telephone us from mid-day on the day following the meeting or you may view the application summary.

If you require any further information about this application, please contact us.

Development Management

Bristol City Council

Planners recommend approval of planning application

We have just heard that the Planning officers are recommending approval of Fifth Capital’s planning application. Planning Committee meets on 8th April. Please submit your comments to democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk by 12 noon on Tuesday 7th April.
If you wish to attend the planning committee meeting and speak to your statement (3 minute time limit), it’s at 6pm on Wednesday 8th April at the @At-Bristol Science Centre, in Millennium Square.

Development towers over neighbours

A 3D model produced by Fifth Capital shows the proposed buildings towering over the neighbours.  The submission by Professor Costa Georghiou describes the way in which the scheme comes right up to the boundary thereby reducing their potential for redevelopment. Neighbours have also voiced alarm about shadowing and overlooking. This model clearly shows how intimidating the new buildings will be.3D model

Planning Chief slams Carriageworks scheme

A senior Planner has slammed the Fifth Capital proposals for the Carriageworks. He says it should be refused planning permission as it is contrary to Government and City Council policies and against the principles of sustainable development.

Costas Georghiou is Visiting Professor of Architecture & Urban Design at the University of Wolverhampton and was previously the Chief Planning & Highways Officer for the City of Wolverhampton and Head of Urban Design at Bristol City Council.

In an objection lodged with the City Council Professor Georghiou maintains that the proposals for 118 flats and houses on the site represent over-development and will be detrimental to the living conditions, amenity, health and well-being of future residents. Fifth Capital have claimed that the economics of developing the site mean that the proposed density of development is essential. But Professor Georghiou says this should not be an excuse for poor and sub-standard development especially where it creates poor living conditions and is both damaging to the wider community and contrary to policy.

In particular Professor Georghiou highlights the lack of natural light and ventilation that will afflict over half the flats as a result of only having one external wall. In many cases this wall faces North East and thus away from the path of the sun. The resulting lack of sunlight will have not only health implications for residents but will also mean higher heating bills due to the lack of solar gain.

The lack of sunlight also impacts upon the open spaces in the scheme.  While artist’s impressions show courtyards bathed in direct sunlight, the reality is that the tall buildings will cast long shadows thus meaning that the spaces will be far from attractive areas for residents to sit in and relax. It also means that the proposed vegetable garden will be in shade throughout the afternoon.

Professor Georghiou has also criticised the way in which some of the blocks are too close to the southern boundary thus impacting upon any future potential to redevelop neighbouring sites.  Residents in Hepburn Rd have voiced similar concerns and are alarmed at the proximity of the buildings to their gardens and back rooms. The cramped development also means that the gardens for so-called family houses are much too small and will not provide the space for children to play.

Finally Professor Georghiou points out that the huge 86 space refuse store is much too close to residential units which will suffer from smells and contamination.

Professor Georghiou sets out the steps that would have to be taken to make the proporsals acceptable including reducing the height of residential blocks from six to four stories, giving apartments double aspects in order to increase natural daylight, moving residential units away from refuse stores, moving one of the blocks away from the boundary with neighbouring properties and increasing the size of gardens.  In the absence of these steps he firmly believes that the City Council must refuse planning permission.

Download and read Costas’ full submission to the City Council (pdf)

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