The Bishopston Society was disappointed with the Bristol City Council Planning Committee decision to approve GCCC's expansion plans. We have objected to the planning applications on a number of grounds (eg excessive scale, inadequate transport plans and attention to the concerns of local residents) and supported the HowZat? campaign. This is not a good decision for Bishopston and the quality of life of local residents. The cricket ground is a restricted site in a built up inner city area. Less ambitious plans could have met the objectives of the Club including the necessary up-grading of the ground. However the scale and the massing of the student blocks of accommodation have still to be approved and these proposals are likely to be strongly challenged by local residents.
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