Residents oppose Brunel House redevelopment plans

February 29 2016
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Residents oppose Brunel House redevelopment plans

OUT of almost 30 public comments on the Brunel House redevelopment planning application, there is only one in favour of the current proposals. Bristol City College is selling the site in Ashley Down and plan has been put forward for development of 103 apartments.

While not all residents disagree with conversion and refurbishment of the 150 year old Grade II listed building into residential units, issues were raised about the development of a new 4 storey building in the south west.

Only 59 parking spaces are provided and the traffic problems that will emerge in an already frequently congested area is mentioned most frequently within the comments. Residents also don’t like that the proposal lacks any affordable and social rent housing.

A few people pointed out that better consideration needs to be given to infrastructure and services in the area to provide sufficient transport, parking, school places, doctors and shops.

The current proposal includes the destruction of several mature trees and some people believe that replanting proposals are not enough. One comment mentioned that solar panels could be included into the planning.

The only positive feedback highlighted the need for new homes in Bristol and biasing parking in favour of cars.

The application will go to a planning committee possibly before the May elections.