Bristol news Three-storey block of flats approved despite public opposition MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Councillors enthusiastically backed the plans despite objections from dozens of residents and several local councillors
Breaking News ! Councillors have enthusiastically backed plans for a three-storey block of flats in Frenchay, despite objections from dozens of residents. Members of a South Gloucestershire Council planning committee called the design of the flats “elegant”, “clever” and “brilliant” before unanimously approving them last week. But residents and two local councillors said the block was too big for the “postage stamp” sized piece of land on Bristol Road, and that neighbours would lose their privacy. Thirty residents objected to the application, along with Winterbourne Parish Council. Committee members heard that Ludwell Property Ltd planned to demolish the existing two-bedroom bungalow and build five two-bedroom flats on the site opposite Malmains Drive. The modern design with bronze zinc cladding and stone and brickwork would include eight parking spaces, five charging points for electric vehicles, bicycle storage, bin storage, solar panels, air source heat pumps, underfloor heating and LED lighting, a planning officer said. Want Bristol news straight to your inbox? Sign up to our daily newsletter using the box at the top of this article, or by clicking here to see all of our newsletters Just one flat would occupy the top floor of the three-storey building, members heard. It would have a garden terrace set back from the edge, and its lounge, like those of the two flats on the second floor, would face the road. Architect Marcus Fox, speaking on behalf of the developer, said the design meant there would be “no loss of privacy” for neighbours. “We also feel that a new building of this quality and calibre will have a very positive impact on the area and enhances the street scene,” he said.
. It would be “very dangerous” to have at least eight cars coming and going opposite Malmains Drive, a “busy rat-run” with “a lot of speeding”, he added. “We don’t feel there’s any need for five flats to be built on such a small postage stamp of land amidst these seven bungalows,” Mr Collins said. Cllr Ben Burton, Conservative representative for Frenchay and Downend on the district council, aired similar concerns, saying the flats were “completely out of context” and would likely be occupied by “young professionals” or “couples” with ten cars altogether.
Relative height of the flats approved for 53 Bristol Road (outline of existing bungalow in pink)
(Image: First Fox Architecture / South Gloucestershire Council planning documents)
The planning officer who recommended the application for approval said the building was only “marginally” taller than other houses nearby, and that the street had a “surprising mix” of houses with “no defined character”. Officers were “happy with the impact in terms of overlooking” and thought the design made the “best use of the land”, he said. Members of the planning committee took it in turns to praise the proposal, in increasingly admiring terms. Cllr Brian Hopkinson called it “elegant”, Cllr Shirley Holloway described it as “clever and cunning”, and Cllr Judy Adams called it “absolutely brilliant”. All nine members of the committee voted to approve the application, which was resubmitted after a previous proposal for six flats was withdrawn.
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