Peacocks shop set for redevelopment
RESIDENTS have contacted a councillor over concerns for the future of a former shop on Gloucester Road.
Martin Fodor, Redland ward Green Party councillor, told Bishopston Voice that a number of people have contacted him after rumours circulated that the former Peacocks store at 147-149 Gloucester Road would be turned into student flats.
Councillor Fodor explained that permission was granted in February 2018 for student flats and a retail unit to be built at the site.
Eight studio and eight cluster flats (flats with shared facilities for a group of students) that are accessed via the gate from the road are set to be owned and managed by Honor Pullen Properties Ltd, a professional residential landlord who manage a number of properties within Bristol with a particular focus on the student market.
Councillor Fodor added that the company says they employ a ‘good neighbour policy’, and that the permission also ensures that recycling and bicycle storage will be provided, along with two priority parking spaces only for disabled users in the yard, as well as swift boxes to ensure nesting spaces are provided - something that has also been an issue in the area due to wildlife decline.
Councillor Fodor said: “Some may remember a consultation event over a year ago about the proposals for flats above and behind the shop - this was held at The Gloucester pub.
"A number of outbuildings behind the shop plus the upstairs over the shop were to be converted. Neighbours were also consulted in late 2017.
“It’s now emerged that with the departure of Peacocks the shop unit will be demolished, however the planning conditions stipulate that the facade stone has to be retained and reinstated on the new retail units that will replace them. This busy shopping zone will not be converted to flats.
“Given the pressures on family accommodation in the area it seems a suitable outcome if purpose built and managed student accommodation is created by the Gloucester Rd, which is a popular area for students.
"This may ease some pressure for conversion of homes in residential streets - where all sorts of issues can arise between students and their neighbours.”
Permission will lapse at the site if development is not started by February 2021. The documents associated with the application (REF: 17/03949/F) can be found on the council’s planning website: https://planningonline.bristol.gov.uk/online-applications/