22nd May 2007 committee meeting – notes

The wider picture

St Paul’s – did you see the picture of a proposed Bristol Gherkin published in the Evening Post on the 15th May? What do you think of a high rise “Bristol gateway building” near to the M32 in St. Pauls? You can find particulars on the developer’s website at

Stokes Croft
Westmoreland House Recently, the City Council sponsored a meeting to publicise its plans to redevelop for this long-derelict eyesore. The City is still talking to the buildings’ owners but is also planning a compulsory purchase order. The City wrote a planning brief and then selected two developers. At the meeting Crosby Homes and Opal Developments presented their proposals. They had different approaches. One included the Koomba Arts Project the other did not. Crosby Homes proposed 82 residential units, which included family houses and two retail units. The street frontages were not lively. Car parking was less than one space per unit. Opal proposed to build 130 flats with amenity space and to retain the listed house in Ashley Road. Our representative found the Opal scheme to be more visually attractive.

Lakota Club and the former Coroner’s Court – the developer has withdrawn proposals to demolish the Lakota Club and to redevelop the whole triangular island site that includes a former Methodist Primary School, which was last used as the Bristol Coroner’s Court.
80 Stokes Croft. There is a welcome application to replace an undistinguished 1970s office building. The development will be primarily residential with some business units. KCG has expressed its concerns about the Stokes Croft façade, whose design, in our view, is inadequate. The proposed all glass façade would dominate its neighbours, which are built from traditional materials. It would an uncompromisingly outshine its neighbours in the context of a conservation area.
St. James’s – St James’s Priory is on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register. It has the offer of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to identify repairs and to develop a scheme to produce income to keep the fabric in repair. There are plans to convert the north isle into rooms for conferences, concerts, education and therapy. It is also proposed to install a café at the east end and build residential accommodation in the upper floor.
Bus station –there is an existing planning permission to construct student and key worker accommodation on the site between the bus station and the Premier Travel Inn. The developer has applied to increase the number of units from 323 to 362 beds. KCG objects to the increase the height. The approved building already overbears its neighbour, St. James’s Priory. Plans filed with planning application can be viewed at the Bristol City Council’s Public Access for Planning website at or on – – search by name of city and street.
Next Meeting of the committee is at – 8.00 p.m. on Thursday the 28th June – at 27 Fremantle Road. If anyone has a matter of concern about Kingsdown to raise, please email the secretary at se*******@di*******.net


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