Although the concerns of local residents over the potential for increased parking issues were well represented to the Development Control Committee, application 15/04378/F (Demolition of existing external fire escape stairs and store, proposed enclosure of existing roof structure, with new floor, to form 6no. apartments, external alterations, provision of refuse and secure cycle storage) was ultimately approved, following a lengthy debate, in line with BCC Planning Officer Anna Penn’s recommendation.
It now remains to be seen whether BCC’s assumption of 50% car ownership at the development is born out, or whether resident’s fears over parking will be realised.
One of the Councillors has requested that Fishponds Planning is consulted when the cladding materials are submitted for approval, so that local residents may still have a say in the final external appearance of the building.
Fishponds Planning will of course continue to monitor all major developments in the area and represent the interests of all local residents in our negotiations and communications with BCC, developers and architects.