12th December 2006 committee meeting – notes

Westmoreland House/The Carriage Works
The City Council has decided to implement a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on Westmoreland House, the derelict eyesore on the corner of Stokes Croft and Ashley Road. The buildings have been left empty for more than two decades. The Cabinet was warned that the process would not be quick and that even if all goes to plan, it could be two years before development starts on site. Kuumba, the African Caribbean Arts venue also hopes to relocate to the listed Carriage Works part of the site. In response to the City Council CPO the buildings’ owners have applied for permission to build 200 housing units and a theatre on the site. KCG has objected to the planning application because the proposal would over-develop the site. The buildings are out of scale and the architectural design must be better quality.

Stokes Croft
A Bristol City Council bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for money to repair run-down buildings in Stokes Croft has been successful at the first stage. Stokes Croft has had £500,000 allocated towards repair of its Georgian-style buildings. Funding awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund will be matched by funding from the Council.

34, Cotham Road South
The lauderette’s owner has appealed against the City’s refusal the permit the whole of the building to be converted to residential use. KCG wishes to see a commercial use retained on the ground floor. The parade remains intact as a secondary shopping area. Kingsdown is an area with an increasing population. We do not accept that it is not possible to find a retail use for this property. It is important that the area maintains its shops both now and in the future.

Gardens at the back of numbers 26 and 27 Somerset Street
The application to build 14 single bedroom studio flats has been refused

Next meeting is on Thursday 18th January


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