This revised planning application has now (June 27th) been granted. The committee passed a vote for acceptance by 7 to 3.
The Bishopston Society's objections to the revised Planning Application for the GCCC ground development had originally read as follows:Further to our comments submitted for previous applications, we would like to make the following points in relation to the latest revised application.
Whilst one floor has been removed from the 7 storey central block (and the accommodation reallocated in a new extension behind the primary school) we are still very much of the view that the development is too large for the site and that the architectural treatment is cold and corporate and only serves to devalue listed buildings within the Conservation Area.
It has to be said that all of the new buildings constructed in and around the listed Muller Homes blocks are of poor quality and serve only to undermine the setting of the listed buildings. This latest proposal by GCCC is equally poor in its architectural ambition but has the added problem of being far too large and totally out of keeping with its historic and largely residential neighbours.
The View along College Mews in the Design and Access Statement shows the new building with its huge symbolic entrance as something more fitting to a football stadium, whilst the view taken from within the cricket ground on p.25 shows the building as a crude range of concrete balconies with far too much horizontal emphasis; something more akin to 1950’s concrete apartments from the communist bloc. Perhaps the view from the entrance car park shown on p. 27, which shows the front of the building in some detail, shows the building in its true light and confirms that it has more in common with developments like Cabot Circus and Temple Quay than its immediate listed neighbours.
When considered with the attendant problems of inadequate parking provision, increased traffic pollution and congestion, inadequate community contribution and injecting a large number of flats into what has been to date a highly sustainable mixed residential area, we have to conclude that this is one development which Bishopston could well do without.
Again, we recommend refusal.