19th February 2008 committee meeting

Planning applications
The planning applications to
• build a four floor residential block on the corner of Ashley Road and Picton Street had been dismissed.
• build a garage in the front garden to 83 Kingsdown Parade is dismissed.
• convert the upper floors of 77/79 Stokes Croft (DFS Heating) into flats is withdrawn.

The University has revised its plans for the controversial new Biological Science Department and the Maths Department buildings at the top of St. Michael’s Hill. It has told KCG that following the public response to its plans and discussion with the Bristol Design Forum it will put forward revised proposals. Probably, in April, there will be a further public consultation about the revised designs with better documentation than there was at the public exhibition, last November.

KCG met the University’s acting Bursar and the University’s retained landscape architect to discuss the landscaping of the land in the public realm that surrounds the University. This is part of the development proposals included in the University’s development Masterplan. The Committee had previously sent to the University some thoughts about the improvement of Royal Fort Road and the car parking area to the north of Royal Fort House.

We said that we liked the feeling of enclosure in Royal Fort Road. The high Brandon rubble wall that surrounds the lower side of the former Children’s Hospital site should be repaired or rebuilt. The feeling of enclosure should be preserved when the University makes a new passageway to extend University Walk through to Tydall Avenue. We said that the area on the north of Royal Fort House was originally the forecourt before the entrance of the best classical house in Bristol. The new landscaping should reflect the formality of the classical architecture of the House. We were delighted that there was general agreement about the approach to landscaping. We plan another meeting when we can walk around the areas to be landscaped together.

In January, KCG members planted six cherries and a Scots Pine in the grass surrounding Priors Hill Flats.

Please turn out for the AGM at the Ark in Cotham Road South at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 10th March. KCG looks for new members to serve on the committee.

After the AGM Mary Wright will speak on “AW Godwin – the ultimate aesthete.” AW Goodwin was a C 19th Bristol architect – he designed both the Carriageworks and the graffitied gothic shop in Stokes Croft. He was also a prolific furniture designer. The City Museum’s collection has been exhibited in New York but not in Bristol. At the 2006 AGM Mary gave a very popular and well received talk on Stokes Croft’s history.

Next Meeting of the committee – is on Monday the 31st March. Please email the secretary at se*******@di*******.net


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