The Outline planning application is for Conversion of 16 Beloe Road back to form a pair of semi-detached houses (as existing approval) and construction of two pairs of semi-detached, 2 1/2 storey, 3-bed houses (total of four new houses) with associated gardens, access and parking off existing private access road.

The response (to the Planning department) of The Bishopston Society to this application is as follows:

We would like to register our objection to this application on the grounds that the design is totally bland and characterless, that the car parking and garden size are inadequate, that the new houses are served by a narrow and tortuous lane, that the units do not comply with the BCC Residential Space Standards and that the internal arrangements of the houses is unsatisfactory.

Firstly, the design has little or no relationship with its surroundings.  The existing houses in the area have hipped roofs whereas these houses have gabled roofs simply to increase the internal space.  The appearance of the houses can only be described as bog standard and featureless.  Each of the 6 houses in the application has only one parking space which inevitably will add further pressure to parking in the area. The parking  is described on the application form as 4 spaces, both existing and proposed.  In practice, there are 2 existing parking spaces on the site and a further 4 proposed for the additional houses, i.e. a total of 6.  

 The houses are described as 3 bedroom whereas in fact there is a fourth bedroom labelled as a study (7 bedspaces in total).  The internal area appears to measure approx 92m2, whereas the BCC Space Standards require 108m2 for a 7 bedspace house.  We note that the kitchen diner is extremely small and shows only a small circular table for 4 persons which is clearly inadequate for the number of bedspaces provided.  The area of the ground floor is out of proportion with the accommodation on the upper floors.

We recommend refusal.

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