Extension turned down

March 26 2015

PLANS to extend a Redland property to accommodate 20 students has been refused.

PLANS to extend a Redland property to accommodate 20 students has been refused.

The development faced strong opposition from local residents who said that there were already enough students living in the area, and the proposed building was not in-fitting with the Victorian surroundings.

The application to extend Penmaen House – on the junction where Chandos Road, Fair View Drive and Alexandra Park – was submitted by Aspect 360 in November.

They proposed to build an 11-bed extension on the property, which already accommodates for nine people, bringing the total number of occupants to 20.

The online application had received over 100 objections by the February 16 deadline.

It was objected on the grounds that the development would 'increase levels of activity that cause excessive noise and disturbance to residents'; no on-site renewable energy generation was proposed; and the extension failed to 'safeguard or enhance the character and appearance of the property, street scene or the Cotham and Redland Conservation Area'.

Bishopston Voice has contacted Aspect 360, but no comment has been provided. It is unknown whether the developers plan to re-appeal the decision.