Former W. H. Smith Site: Planning application 19/00682/F

Feb 28, 2019


The long awaited plans for this derelict eyesore have now appeared on the Bristol City Council planning website. You can view all the plans by logging on to the site and using the above reference number.

As we suspected, these plans differ little from the plans unveiled at Clifton Library over a year ago. What on earth have the developers been up to during the past year? They certainly haven't revised their plans in the light of the very mixed reception received then. They have taken no notice at all of the detailed and constructive appraisal prepared by CHIS's architectural advisor.

It will seem to many that the developers, THAT Group, have deliberately created this eyesore in the heart of Clifton and left it for four years so that people will accept that any building, however mediocre, will be better than what's there. CHIS urges you to resist this. This important site deserves an exceptional building, either modern or traditional.

WHAT IS PLANNED IS MASSIVE, OVER DOMINANT, BULKY, INCONGRUOUS, of POOR QUALITY DESIGN.

IT WILL HAVE NO PUBLIC SPACE. GONE ARE THE PIAZZA, TREES AND FLOWERS.

IT WILL NOT FIT IN WITH THE SURROUNDING HISTORIC BUILDINGS.

KING'S ROAD & BOYCE'S AVENUE WILL BECOME DARK TUNNELS.

THERE IS NO PARKING PROVISION.

HUGE GLAZED AREAS CAN CAUSE HARMFUL EMISSIONS AND CLIMATE CHANGE.

The developers have paid many millions of pounds for this site so they need to make it pay. Their priority is not to enhance Clifton with a building that succeeding generations will be proud of, nor to provide facilities we need now.

DO WE REALLY WANT MORE OFFICES, CHAIN RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS? Whilst an M&S Food store might sound appealing, think of the harm it will inflict on the excellent delis, greengrocers, wine merchants and others which make Clifton unique. Many are likely to be put out of business. This has happened elsewhere where M&S has opened.

IF YOU CARE ABOUT PRESERVING THE SPECIAL CHARACTER OF CLIFTON , BOTH ARCHITECTURALLY AND COMMERCIALLY, OBJECT NOW. IT'S EASY. HERE'S HOW:

Write to: Dept. M, City Hall, P.O.Box 3176, Bristol BS3 9FS. or

E-mail: development.management@bristol.gov.uk or

Comment directly onto the BCC planning website.

Always quote the planning reference number (see above) and give your name and address.

CHIS has commissioned the following detailed Reports on the proposed development. The Critique dated 12th July 2018 was requested by the developers and CHIS had hoped they would use it to make their scheme more acceptable. In fact, they ignored it completely. The other Reports concern the serious Daylighting & Sun-lighting issues, which the developers largely fail to address, and Sustainability. This is far from being a 'green' building!

There are 4 reports:


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