Ten Gloucester Road addresses have just been added to the council's list of 'Unlisted Buildings of Merit'. These are not protected in law, but this newly granted status will nevertheless be taken into account in any future planning applications that might affect them.
The Bishopston Society was the instigator of and main participant in the survey which subsequently led to the extension of the original Gloucester Road Conservation Area from its earlier northern boundary at Overton Road to now include the further section from Overton Road to Sommerville Road. The background to this survey is given on our website here.
A more recent article in our newsletter of July 2017 here gives an update on the 'Character Appraisal' document that BCC produced as a result of the survey. The full list of the buildings in this Gloucester Road Conservation Area that have now been given status of 'Unlisted Buildings of Merit' is:
HORFIELD POLICE STATION
Local police station built on site of former garden nursery in 1903, combined with fire service base. Sold at auction for £472k to developers Sommerville Ltd with plan to retain just the front elevation with new-build flats behind. See articles on TBS website: police station for more detail. Local architectural landmark with historic interest
HORFIELD POLICE STATION HOUSE
House built with the Police Station. Sold by BCC in 1950’s.
475 FORMER UNITED FREE METHODIST CHAPEL
Much molested local landmark on prominent corner and in grouping with Bristol North Baths. Built 1895 and deconsecrated and sold in 1966 to become Wedbery & Spindler (furniture sales), tyre garage, tile/floor shop and finally Nailsea Electrical. Pointed top of tower removed in 1966. TBS tried to get it listed but it was said to be too incomplete.
97 GLOUCESTER ROAD
Former late Victorian PH New Inn, part of George’s Brewery chain. In Arts and Crafts style and possibly by Edward Gabriel, with highly decorated gables. Fine piece of commercial street architecture.
7 GLOUCESTER ROAD
7 – 11 is a strong grouping of three late Victorian buildings in red engineering brick with Bath stone details. Bold parapet roofline.
9 GLOUCESTER ROAD
11 GLOUCESTER ROAD
2-4 GLOUCESTER ROAD
Art Deco building formerly Burtons the tailors with snooker hall above. 1920/30. Attractive triangular shape with curved corner to follow intersection of Gloucester Road and Elton Road.
2 ZETLAND ROAD
Typical Edwardian bank building closed approx. 2013 and awaiting conversion to flats. Strong corner composition with Bath stone detailing and carved brick decorative embellishments to the upper floor. A quality High Street building in a prominent location.
Inclusion on the Local List does not remove any permitted development rights and therefore any owner will be able to carry out works as before, without additional consent requirements over and above those already required for planning permission or Building Regulation approval. Inclusion on the List does not change the legal status of the building and is not a Local Land Charge and will therefore not feature in any solicitors’ property searches. It is hoped that inclusion on the Local List will give a sense of pride to owners and encourage them to manage their buildings sympathetically. However, owners may challenge listing by demonstrating that their building or structure does not meet any of the selection criteria.
For information on the whole process of how buildings are identified for the Bristol wide Local List and which buildings these are, see Bristol Local List