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This section provides a commentary on planning applications and developments and the work we do in this area. From June 2018 it relies on links to our new planning portal for details of specific applications, and complements this by offering a broader thematic treatment. Also from June 2018, this section covers individual planning applications and wider developments, which were previously presented in separate sections.

79 BELMONT ROAD       14/00445/H

The Society is extremely concerned about the design of the new dormer which is designed in the style of a chalet bungalow and incompatible with the period, style and proportions of the existing house.

8 CHURCH ROAD    14/00518/H
We have two observations on this roof extension and rear dormer as follows:
-          the dormer is shown finished in white painted render.  This is an unsuitable material as it has the effect of making the dormer look as large as possible which affects the amenity of local residents.

124 BRYNLAND AVENUE    14/00565/H
We consider that the proposed rear extension would be overbearing and likely to affect the amenity of the neighbouring property by blocking out daylight.  This problem would be reduced if the overall height of the eaves of the extension on the boundary was reduced from 2.6m to say 2.2m, which would be only slightly higher than the existing separating boundary garden wall. 

This idea is to restore the exterior of this historic building to its original glory, and to keep the building in the public domain, rather than to turn it into private accommodation, as is proposed by the property developer, Linden Homes.

Drawing of proposed Bishop Road school extensionNobody could say we didn't try! The Bishopston Society, very dissatisfied with the stark, modern design the council had approved for Bishop Road extension (see drawing) had offered a much more sympathetic, alternative design that reflected the building's late Victorian architecture.

18 GLOUCESTER ROAD -  BLUE LAGOON -  13/05098/F  Here is our letter sent to the Planning department: Note however that this was written without knowledge of the 3 large patio heaters, which were not included in the original application to the Council.

289A GLOUCESTER ROAD     13/05870/F

The Bishopston Society is extremely concerned about the white UPVC cladding material proposed for the external walls at roof level which will make this bulky roof extension a major eyesore within the neighbourhood.

443-445 GLOUCESTER ROAD     14/00016/F

The Bishopston Society is concerned by this proposal to develop a 4 bedroom student flat in the rear garden of these commercial premises.

The latest (and good) news on this application is that it has been refused by the planning Department - March 17th 2014. See below for the previous comments by the Society explaining why this application was such a bad one:

29 SEYMOUR ROAD    14/00146/F   The Bishopston Society's reply to the Planning department regarding the latest planning application for 29, Seymour Road:

Following the refusal of the earlier planning application 13/03067/F, the Bishopston Society continues to be concerned about the current application for the site. The revised design is still square and boxy and has no satisfactory relationship with its context.  The planning submission goes to some length to specifically omit any drawings or photographs of adjacent properties or the relationship between the proposals and their surroundings, particularly the existing villa.

The photo album below documents, from Nov 2012, some of the significant stages in the reconstruction of the old Baths’ interior into the Bishopston Medical Practice Health Centre

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